Zygophyllum eremaeum (Diels) Ostenf.

Climbing Twinleaf

Biol. Meddel. Kongel. Danske Vidensk. Selsk. 3: 76, fig. 11b (1921) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Weak perennial (sometimes annual) subshrub to c. 40 cm high, sometimes scrambling or climbing for several metres; stems slender. Leaves 4–35 mm long, green; leaflets continuous with petiole, linear to terete, to c. 20 mm long, to c. 3 mm wide, spreading, apex often acute to mucronate. Sepals 4, ovate, 3–4 mm long, deflexed in fruit; petals 4, narrow-oblanceolate, 3–5 mm long, apex more or less acute, pale lemon-yellow; stamens 8, filaments not winged. Fruiting pedicels 4–6 mm long; fruit a more or less spherical capsule, 8–12 mm long (including wings), with 4 broad, scarious wings, drooping, indehiscent; seed usually 1 per fruit by abortion. Flowers mostly Jul.–Oct.

LoM, MuM, MSB, RobP. All mainland states. In Victoria, confined to the far north-west where sometimes locally common in woodlands and scrublands mainly on sandy calcareous soils. .

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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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 eremaeum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Zygophyllum eremaeum 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

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Western Australia
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South Australia
New South Wales