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Tamarisks (Tamarix) are even shorter than the oleasters growing in the same habitats; they reach a height of 26-33 ft (8-10 m) in the hot temperate deserts of Iran and southern middle Asia.
In the temperate deserts of North America, the zones bordering the subtropical deserts (in the south of the Great Basin Desert and in the northern part of the Mojave Desert) contain large plants with a treelike growth-form.
In the cold and temperate deserts, they complete their entire life cycle in two or two and a half months.
The temperate deserts have a large variety of spring ephemeroids with underground storage organs.