Zygophyllum simile H.Eichler

White Twinleaf

Telopea 4: 15 (1990) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Erect or ascending much-branched annual herb 10–30 cm high; stems spreading and ascending. Leaves 10–40 mm long, green; leaflets articulate at base, linear to narrow-oblong, 5–20 mm long, 1.5–4 mm wide, fleshy, apex rounded; common petiole narrow. Sepals 4, ovate, 1.5–3 mm long, deflexed or spreading in fruit; petals 4, cuneate, 1–1.7 mm long, apex often 3-lobed or sometimes blunt with a wavy margin, white; stamens 8, filaments filiform, broadening towards base. Fruiting pedicels 1–4 mm long; fruit a 4-angled loculicidal capsule, turbinate, 5–7 mm long, drooping, truncate at apex with a short point; seeds usually 1 or 2 per cell. Flowers mostly May–Dec.

LoM, MuM, MSB, RobP. All mainland states. In Victoria, confined to the far north-west where found in mallee scrub and riverine woodland on sand or heavier clay soils.

See note after Z. ammophilum.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Zygophyllaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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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 simile in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Zygophyllum simile in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales