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Syrian Bean-caper - Zygophyllum fabago

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA
C-value: 1

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General Description
Glabrous annual. Stems ascending, branched, 20–50 cm. Leaves opposite, compound; leaflets 2, oblong, 1–2 cm long. Flowers: sepals oblanceolate, ca. 6 mm long; petals yellow, separate, barely exceeding the sepals; ovary superior with 5 carpels; stamens 10; filaments basally winged. Fruit a pendent, oblong, many-seeded capsule 2–3 cm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
Introduced in most of western U.S.; native to Eurasia. Known from Beaverhead and Lewis & Clark counties (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 3

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  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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