Tamarisk: ecohydrology of a successful plant

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The title of this chapter is adapted from an influential 1987 paper, "Tamarix: Impacts of a Successful Weed" (Brotherson and Field, 1987). That paper made the case for tamarisk (Tamarix spp.) removal, as a high-water-use, invasive species that out-competed and displaced native vegetation on western U.S. rivers. The paper declared that tamarisk was capable of drying up water courses, using as much as 4 m of water per year (expressed as the depth of water applied to an indefinite area the same way rainfall is expressed), water could otherwise support environmental or human water needs. It was also thought to out-compete native trees for establishment sites due to prolific seed production. The paper concluded: "A firm commitment must be made concerning the control of saltcedar because of its unparalleled aggressiveness." This conclusion became the reigning paradigm in riparian restoration efforts for the next decade.

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Tamarisk: ecohydrology of a successful plant
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publisher location New York, NY
Contributing office(s) Southwest Biological Science Center
Description 22 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Tamarix: a case study of ecological change in the American West
First page 63
Last page 84
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