Pointed Twinleaf
Pointed Twinleaf
Buds, Flowers & Leaves
Pointed Twinleaf (Roepera apiculata)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Other Small Plants
Order: Creosote Bushes (Zygophyllales)
Family: Caltrop (Zygophyllaceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Pointed Twinleaf (Roepera apiculata)
This Photo:     Structure
Synonym: Zygophyllum apiculatum
Other names: Common Twinleaf or Gallweed

Thank you Tony and Jenny Dominelli for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
Large round green leaves, split in two (hence the "twinleaf").
Flowers are rich yellow, 5 petals, with a green centre.
For us, the common names are a misnomer as the Shrubby Twinleaf is far more numerous on Ellura than the common. And you can't see the points on the leaves until you get up close & personal.
We refer to this one as "broad-leaved" to avoid confusion.
We are in information overload, so haven't managed to learn all the scientific names yet (just can't seem to remember apiculatum .... it'll happen

Copyright © 2012-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 02-Aug-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)