Overview

Comprehensive Description

Description

Zygophyllum album is a perennial mealy-canescent low shrub with many branched stems.  The leaves are 2-foliolate, whitish, mealy-pubescent, with cylindrical to obovoid and fleshy leaflets. The flowers are small with white and clawed petals; they grow solitary and axillary. The fruit is a pear-shaped, 5-lobed 6-9 x 5-7 mm capsule. The seeds are elliptic, and tuberculate.

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Distribution

Distribution in Egypt

Libyan Desert Oases, Nubian Desert Oases, Mareotic Sector, North Sinai, Libyan Desert, Nubian Desert, Arabian Desert, Isthmic Desert, Galala Desert, Gebel Oweinat, South Red Sea Coast, North Red Sea Coast, Mountainous Southern Sinai, Libyan Desert (Location: Quattara depression), Gulf of Aqaba Coast (Location: Nabaq).

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Global Distribution

Spain, North Africa, East Mediterranean Region, Sinai, Southern Arabia, Socotra, Tropical East Africa.

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Localities documented in Tropicos sources

Zygophyllum album L.:
South Africa (Africa & Madagascar)

Note: This information is based on publications available through Tropicos and may not represent the entire distribution. Tropicos does not categorize distributions as native or non-native.
  • Gibbs Russell, G. E., W. G. Welman, E. Reitief, K. L. Immelman, G. Germishuizen, B. J. Pienaar, M. v. Wyk & A. Nicholas. 1987. List of species of southern African plants. Mem. Bot. Surv. S. Africa 2(1–2): 1–152(pt. 1), 1–270(pt. 2).   http://www.tropicos.org/Reference/1371 External link.
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Physical Description

Size

Height: 25-50 cm.

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Ecology

Habitat

Coastal and Inland Saline Sandy Soils.

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Life History and Behavior

Life Expectancy

Perennail.

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Zygophyllum album

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Zygophyllum album

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
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