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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala afra Paiva

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Central Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

    Polygalaceae, Jorge Paiva. Flora of Tropical East Africa, 2007

    Type
    Type: Tanzania, Dodoma District, Itigi Station, on the road to Chunya, Greenway & Polhill 11666 (K!, holo.)
    Habit
    Annual herb, 10–18 cm tall
    Stem
    Stems ± branched, filiform and glabrous
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, subsessile, linear-filiform, 4–10 × 0.5–0.8 mm, acute, glabrous
    Flowers
    Flowers pink, in dense, terminal racemes 1–2 cm long; rachis glabrous; bracts linearlanceolate, ± 0.7 mm long, glabrous, caducous; bracteoles linear, 0.3–0.4 mm long, glabrous, caducous; pedicels 0.2–0.3 mm, glabrous
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal linear-elliptic, ± 0.7 mm long, glabrous; wing sepals elliptic-suborbicular, 1.2–1.5 × 0.9–1.1 mm, glabrous; anterior sepals linear, 0.4–0.5 mm long, glabrous, free
    Corolla
    Upper petals obovate-lanceolate, 1–1.2 mm long; carina 1 mm long; crest 0.4–0.5 mm long, 2–3fimbriate
    Stamens
    Stamens 8
    Fruits
    Capsule suborbicular in outline, 0.7–0.8 mm diameter, unwinged, glabrous
    Seeds
    Seeds ellipsoid-subglobose, 0.4–0.5 × 0.3–0.4 mm, glabrous or with a few and rare glochidiate hairs; caruncle absent
    Figures
    Fig 8: 2, p 15
    Ecology
    Wet grassland; ± 1380 m
    Distribution
    Flora districts: T5 Range: Only known from the type locality

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

    Other Data

    Polygala afra Paiva appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1996 Greenway, P.J. [11666], Tanzania K000118466 holotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Fontqueria 50: 162 (1998)

    Accepted by

    • Paiva, j. (2007). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Polygalaceae: 1-60.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Paiva, j. (2007). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Polygalaceae: 1-60.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Fontqueria 50: 162, t. 6/c, t. 27, t. 25/k (1998).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0