• Syrian Beancaper Plant 215x150

Category A Weed

Caltrop family (Zygophyllaceae)

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Syrian beancaper (Zygophyllum fabago)


    • Up to 3 ft. tall; multiple stems from crown; branched; lacks hair (glabrous)


      • Opposite; compound with 2 opposite leaflets; leaflets oblong, 0.5-1.5 in. long, thick, waxy and lack hair (glabrous) with smooth edges (margins)


        • 5 petals, white to cream colored with a pink or orange tinge; each on short stalks at upper leaf axils

        • Pods cylindrical, 1-1.5 in. long and 5-sided with small wings; thread-like projection extends from tip; 5 chambers, each containing 1 seed


          • Deep, woody taproot with creeping roots


            • Often infests rangeland, roadsides and desert areas; known to occur in Churchill County

            • Perennial; reproduces by seed and creeping roots


              • Cultivation and hand-removal often unsuccessful due to remaining root fragments that can generate new plants

              • Apply glyphosate, imazapic, picloram or metsulfuron from bud stage until fall