Zygophyllum sessilifolium L.

Sp. Pl. 1: 385 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Decumbent, shrubby perennial to 75 cm high. Leaves sessile, bifoliolate, green; leaflets lanceolate, elliptic or obovate, 7–18 mm long, 2–6.5 mm wide, acute or mucronate. Sepals 5, ovate, c. 6.5 mm long, deflexed in fruit; petals 5, cuneate to obovate, 8–11 mm long, rounded, white with purple streaks; stamens 10, filaments not winged. Fruiting pedicles 20–25 mm long; fruit subglobose capsules, c. 13.5 mm long and 11 mm wide, 5-angled, obtuse, apiculate.

Recorded from Coode Island, Melbourne (Oct. 1908), but apparently it has not persisted there or become established elsewhere in Victoria. Native to South Africa.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-07-29
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-01-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
genus Zygophyllum
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Zygophyllum sessilifolium in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Zygophyllum sessilifolium in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain extinct introduced

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