TAMARISK. The word “tamarisk” does not occur in the Bible in the KJV, but is found in the Moffatt and Goodspeed translations, where the word “shrubs” in
Tamarisks have tiny, scale-like leaves which hardly transpire at all; thus, they are suited for hot, dry places. They grow well in sandy soils, and so would grow in the Shur Desert, where Hagar wandered (
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
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The tamarisk (Tamarix, with various species in Palestine, chiefly T. Syriaca) is a very characteristic tree of Palestine, especially in the Maritime Plain, near the sea itself, and in the Jordan Valley. Eight species are described. They are characterized by their brittle, feathery branches and by their tiny scale-like leaves. Some varieties flourish not infrequently in salty soil unsuited to any ordinary vegetation.
E. W. G. Masteran