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Syrian bean caper (Zygophyllum fabago)
NOT KNOWN TO OCCUR IN OREGON PLEASE CALL 1-866-INVADER IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE FOUND THIS SPECIES
 
ODA rating: A
 
USDA Symbol: ZYFA
 
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Description
Perennial that may act like an annual in regions with harsh winters; flowers April to June. Grows up to 1 1/2 feet tall. Leaves somewhat succulent, opposite, compound and each having 2 oval, 1-inch leaflets. Stems smooth and thickened. Flowers borne singly or in pairs from the leaf axils, salmon to yellow or white with pinkish veins and up to 3/4 in across.
 
Impacts
Syrian bean-caper is well suited to dry environments. Buds and branches form on spreading roots, forming dense patches which compete for water and space. Large infestations can reduce forage potential in dryer areas of the west.
 
Distribution in Oregon
This species is not yet known to occur in Oregon.
 
Biological controls
Biological control agents are not used on "A" listed weeds in Oregon. If this weed is found in the state it will be managed for eradication or containment.
 
Informational Links
Oregon WeedMapper