Zygophyllum portulacoides (Gintzburger et al., 2003)

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Zygophyllum oxianum
Gintzburger et al., Rangelands in Uzbekistan, 2003
Zygophyllum portulacoides (Gintzburger et al., 2003)
Zygophyllum portulacoides
Zygophyllum portulacoides
Zygophyllum subtrijugum

Zygophyllum portulacoides Cham.

Local name:

  • Russian: Парнолистник крупнолистный - parnolistnik krupnolistnyj

Chromosome number: 2n = 22 (Zahareva and Astanova 1968).

Description and morphology: Perennial herb (height 15–50 cm). Fleshy, unlignified and fusiform root (15–20 mm thick). Stem: glabrous, dichotomous branching. Leaves: (3–4 cm long), 1–3 pairs of fleshy, orbicular-elliptic leaflets. Flowers: bisexual; without corolla.

Reproduction: Flowering and fruit maturation: April–July. Fruit: capsule (27–32 mm long, 10–12 mm wide), fleshy, 5-edged, narrowelliptic without wings. Seed: oblong-lanceolate (up to 8 mm long), richly covered by white papillae.

Pastoral importance: Not touched by livestock.

Habitat: Xerophyte. Occurs on fixed sands and gravelly-rocky slopes; usually on pastures on Artemisia-solonchak deserts.

Distribution: Irano-Turanian region (Middle and Central Asia) and Afghanistan.

Other: Zygophyllum sp.