Violet Twinleaf
Murray Mallee Region
Violet Twinleaf
Violet Twinleaf (Roepera iodocarpa)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Other Small Plants
Order: Creosote Bushes (Zygophyllales)
Family: Caltrop (Zygophyllaceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Violet Twinleaf (Roepera iodocarpa)
This Photo:     🔍Bud & Flower🔎
Synonym: Zygophyllum iodocarpum

Thank you Ralph Foster for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA and possibly elsewhere
The fruits should have 5 wings. Notice here we happen to centre on the one that only had 4. This highlights how small they are and wasn't intentional. Not sure if this is a one off mutation, or if the number of wings varies.
Also notice the petals are small & white. We didn't see the normally larger yellow petals associated with this species.
When these shots were taken there had been significant rainfall recently, but the ground has already dried out, becoming dusty. Found in an area that may be an ephemeral lake.

Copyright © 2020-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 19-Oct-2020
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)