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Zygophyllum fabago
Syrian bean-caper

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to California, eastward in scattered localities to the Atlantic Coast.

Habitat: Disturbed soil and wasteland.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous, somewhat succulent annual, the stems freely-branched, decumbent to ascending, 2-5 dm. long.


Leaves opposite, leaflets 2, obliquely oblong-obovate, 2-4 cm. long; stipules oblong, 1-3 cm. long, interpetiolar.


Flowers 1.5 cm. broad, solitary on axillary peduncles 1 cm. long; sepals 5; petals 5, yellow, slightly longer than the sepals; stamens 10, the filaments winged-margined by a scale attached to the inner surface, the scales serrulate; style and stigma 1.


Capsule 5-celled, oblong, 2-3 cm. long, pendant.

Accepted Name:
Zygophyllum fabago L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 385. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Zygophyllum fabago in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Zygophyllum fabago checklist entry

OregonFlora: Zygophyllum fabago information

E-Flora BC: Zygophyllum fabago atlas page

CalPhotos: Zygophyllum fabago photos

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