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Zygophyllum decumbens Delile

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Zygophyllum decumbens

Image 1
24 Sep 2006

Zygophyllum decumbens

Image 2
03 Mar 2009

Zygophyllum decumbens

Image 3
03 Mar 2009

Zygophyllum decumbens

Image 4
23 Mar 2008

Zygophyllum decumbens

Image 5
Leaves and flowers
27 Jun 2006

Family: Zygophyllaceae
Full name: Zygophyllum decumbens Delile
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): -
English common name(s): -
Synonym(s): Tetraena decumbens (Delile) Beier & Thulin (for tropical + N Africa)
Status: Near-endemic
Description: Much branching, decumbent, woody below, glabrous. Leaves unijugate, fleshy; leaflets plane, obovate to oblanceolate, very obtuse, 0.25–0.5 in. long; petioles equalling or slightly exceeding the leaflets. Flowers numerous. Peduncles 0.25–0.5 in., at length deflexed. Sepals obovate, cucullate, nearly equalling the oblong-spathulate white petals. Staminal scales deeply 2-fid with acute teeth. Capsule deeply 5-lobed, turbinate; apex entire, the carpels coherent to the extremity of the fruit, 2–3 lines long, 2–3 lines broad. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora of Tropical Africa)

Shrublet with decumbent branches, glabrous or glandular, glaucous. Leaves 2-foliolate; leaflets obovate, flat, up to c. 15 x 10 mm; petiole c. 4–6 mm long; stipules membranous, narrowly triangular, fringed. Flowers in loose several-flowered cymes. Sepals c. 2 mm long. Petals white, c. 4 mm long. Filament scale oblong, bipartite. Ovary glabrous; style c. 2 mm long. Capsule obconical, deeply 5-parted, up to 10 mm long. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Somalia)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
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