Can anyone help me identify this particular tree?

It grows at least in Portugal (north and south).
This branch is obviously dry.

Many thanks

unknown tree

  • I think it would be very helpful if you could post a photo of the actual tree, with any other details you may have, such as whether it flowers, what colour they are and so on
    – Bamboo
    Jan 2, 2017 at 1:18

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It could be a Tamarix, e.g. Tamarix africana: it grows on souther Portugal and near the costs in northern Portugal. See http://www.florestar.net/tamargueira/tamargueira.html. But I find no good pictures of branches, so I cannot verify.

It remember me also a lot the Callistemon, see e.g. the picture in: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bottlebrush_seeds.jpg, but it is not native of Portugal.

  • Thanks! While the seed does look a lot like the Callistemon, the pictures I found online of the Tamarix rank it as a very likely match. My grandmother had a couple on her house, unfortunately a decade or so ago a block was built there and all trees removed so I can't get an actual photo of the tree. Your input was amazing!
    – Frankie
    Jan 2, 2017 at 20:43
  • It is Melaleuca orophilla the Needle Bottle brush.
    – stormy
    Jan 2, 2017 at 21:41

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