Roepera similis

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Roepera similis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Zygophyllales
Family: Zygophyllaceae
Genus: Roepera
Species: R. similis
Binomial name
Roepera similis
(H.Eichler) Beier & Thulin[1]
Synonyms[1]
  • Zygophyllum simile H.Eichler

Roepera similis (synonym Zygophyllum simile) is a succulent annual herb native to Australia.

Description[edit]

It grows as a prostrate or erect annual herb, branching from the base and reaching a height of from four to 60 centimeters. Flowers are yellow or white.[2]

Taxonomy[edit]

Roepera similis was first described in 1990 by Hansjörg Eichler as Zygophyllum simile, based on a specimen has collected from the Musgrave Ranges in South Australia in 1963.[3] It was transferred to the genus Roepera in 2003,[1] when Zygophyllum as then circumscribed was found not to be monophyletic.[4]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It occurs in every mainland state of Australia, favouring red or grey sandy soils.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Roepera similis (H.Eichler) Beier & Thulin". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Retrieved 2018-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Zygophyllum simile H.Eichler". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife. 
  3. ^ "Zygophyllum simile H.Eichler". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  4. ^ Beier, B.-A.; Chase, M. W. & Thulin, M. (2003). "Phylogenetic relationships and taxonomy of subfamily Zygophylloideae (Zygophyllaceae) based on molecular and morphological data". Plant Systematics and Evolution. 240 (1-4): 11–39. doi:10.1007/s00606-003-0007-0. 
  5. ^ "New South Wales Flora Online: Zygophyllum simile". Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney, Australia.