Shrubby Twinleaf
Drying (yellow)
Shrubby Twinleaf
Structure & Leaves
Shrubby Twinleaf (Roepera aurantiaca)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Shrubs & Bushes     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Creosote Bushes (Zygophyllales)
Family: Caltrop (Zygophyllaceae)
Species: Shrubby Twinleaf (Roepera aurantiaca)
This Photo:     Drying (brown)
Synonym: Zygophyllum aurantiacum
Other names: Biarpiti or Native Hop

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
A hardy plant that has beautiful yellow flowers, with 4 petals.
Twinleaf refers to the fact the leaves always branch off, in the middle, into 2 leaflets.
Leaves are dark green and succulent, but much more cylindrical than the pointed twinleaf.
It has large, winged, pale green fruit.

Biarpiti grub (Endoxyla biarpiti) larvae feed on the roots of this plant. The aboriginal name of this plant is Biarpiti, ergo Biarpiti grubs.

Copyright © 2012-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 22-Nov-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)