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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Kenya.

    [FTEA]

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

    Type
    Type: Kenya, Northern Frontier District: Dandu, Gillett 13084 (K!, holo.; EA!, iso.)
    Habit
    Annual or perennial herb up to 20 cm tall
    Stem
    Stems slender, branched, crispedpubescent
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, petiolate, elliptic to obovate, 25–40 × 10–18 mm, slightly apiculate and mucronate, base cuneate, sparsely crisped-pubescent above, mainly towards the margin, crisped-pubescent beneath, sometimes later glabrous; petiole 3–3.5 mm, crisped-pubescent
    Flowers
    Flowers greenish, in lateral and axillary dense racemes up to 1.5 cm long, rachis densely crisped-pubescent; bracts lanceolate, 1–1.3 mm long, persistent; bracteoles linear, 0.7 mm long, persistent; pedicels 1.5–2 mm, sparsely crisped-pubescent
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal lanceolate, 2–2.5 mm long, sparsely minutely crisped-pubescent; wing sepals elliptic, 4–4.5 × 2.5 mm, sparsely crisped-pubescent or glabrous; anterior sepals elliptic-lanceolate, 1.5 mm long, glabrous, free
    Corolla
    Upper petals obovate, 1.7–2 mm; carina 3–3.5 × 1.5 mm; crest minute, ± 0.2 mm long, 2–branched
    Stamens
    Stamens 8
    Fruits
    Capsule orbicular in outline, 4.5–5 mm diameter, symmetric and deeply bilobate, clearly broader than the wing sepals, cross-veined-winged (wing 1–1.5 mm wide), crisped-pubescent, mainly towards the margin of the wing
    Seeds
    Seeds ellipsoid, 3–3.5 × 1.2–1.5 mm, whitesericeous; caruncle asymmetric, with three appendages, one almost as long as the length of the seed (2.5–3 mm long) and the other two shorter, 0.7–1 mm long
    Figures
    Fig 5: 1, p 11 & Fig 13, p 29.
    Ecology
    Open Acacia-Commiphora bushland on ‘black cotton’ soil; ± 750 m
    Distribution
    Flora districts: K1 only known from the type

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    Distribution

    Other Data

    Polygala gillettii Paiva appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1976 Gillet, J.B. [13084], Kenya K000118456 holotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Fontqueria 50: 174 (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: 174, t. 30/b, t. 33 (1998).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    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