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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to Rwanda.

    [FTEA]

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

    Type
    Type: Kenya, Nakuru District: Eastern Mau Reserve, Maas Geesteranus 6162 (K!, holo.; LD!, iso.)
    Habit
    Perennial, prostrate and rosette-forming herb
    Stem
    Stems slender, annual shoots produced from a long woody rootstock, up to 30 cm long, crisped-pubescent
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, shortly petiolate (petiole 0.5–1 mm, crisped-pubescent), very narrowly elliptic to linear, 10–25 × 0.5–3.5 mm, slightly apiculate and mucronate, base cuneate, sparsely crisped-pubescent, revolute, sometimes entirely concealing the lower surface
    Flowers
    Flowers purple, purplish-violet or pink, in slender lateral racemes 2–5.5 cm long, rachis crisped-pubescent; bracts lanceolate-linear, 1.5 mm long, persistent, bracteoles linear, 0.7–1 mm long, persistent; pedicels 2–4 mm, crisped-pubescent
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal keel-shape, 2–3 × 1.5–1.8 mm, crisped-pubescent; wing sepals obliquely obovate-orbicular, 4–5 × 3.5–4 mm, with two red or purplebrown stripes down the centre which delimit a middle fringe, inconspicuously and laxly reticulate, glabrous; anterior sepals elliptic, 2–3 mm long, crisped-pubescent on the back, free
    Corolla
    Upper petals obliquely lanceolate, 3.7–4 × 2 mm, broader near the apex, with a semi-circular incision at one side of the waist, pubescent from the waist downwards; carina 4.5 × 2 mm; crest 2–3 mm long, fimbriate
    Stamens
    Stamens 8
    Fruits
    Capsule elliptic in outline, 4.5–5 × 3 mm, ± symmetric and emarginate, narrowly winged (wing 0.2–0.5 mm wide), ciliate
    Seeds
    Seeds ellipsoid, 2.5–3 × 1.5 mm, whitesericeous; caruncle asymmetric, with three short appendages, 0.4–0.5 mm long
    Figures
    Fig 5: 4, p 11 & Fig 14, p 34.
    Ecology
    Grassland, especially in rocky sites; 1150–3350 m
    Distribution
    Range: Rwanda Flora districts: U1 U2 U3 U4 K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda

    Other Data

    Polygala vittata Paiva appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Mass Gessteranus, R.A. [6162], Kenya K000231718 holotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Fontqueria 50: 183 (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: 183, t. 6/t, t. 34/c, t. 35 (1998).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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