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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Somalia to NE. Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

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

    Type
    Typus: Tanzania, Mkomazi, Kilevi Bridge, Abdallah, Mboya et Vollesen 96/190 (K!, holo.; NHT!, P!, iso)
    Habit
    Dwarf-shrublet or woody-based perennial herb up to 20(–40) cm tall, from a woody rootstock 15–20 cm long
    Stem
    Stems slender, much branched from the base, densely pubescent
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, shortly petiolate (petiole 0.5–1 mm), obovate-elliptic to obcordate, 5–10(–15) × 2–6(–6.5) mm, emarginate to obtuse, base cuneate, denselypubescent on both sides
    Flowers
    Flowers purple with pale green veins, in short lateral 1–2(–4)flowered racemes 4.5–6 mm long, rachis densely pubescent; bracts linear, 0.2–3 mm long, pubescent, caducous; bracteoles linear, 0.2 mm long, pubescent, caducous; pedicels up to 1(–1.5) mm, densely pubescent
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal elliptic, 1.2–1.5 mm long, pubescent; wing sepals obliquely obovate-elliptic, 4–5(–6) ×1.7–2(–2.5) mm, densely pubescent, with conspicuous veins; anterior sepals linear-elliptic, 0.7–1 mm long, pubescent, free
    Corolla
    Upper petals oblong-elliptic, 2–2.5 × 1.5 mm; carina 3–3.2 × 1.5 mm; crest very short, 0.3–0.5 mm long, fimbriate
    Stamens
    Stamens 8
    Fruits
    Capsule elliptic in outline, 4–5(–6) × 2.5–3 mm, bilobate, densely pubescent and ciliolate on the margin; narrowly winged, wing 0.2–0.3 mm wide
    Seeds
    Seeds ovoid, 3–4 × 1.5–1.8 mm, sericeous (hairs exceeding the base of the seed); caruncle subsymmetric, with three appendages up to near the base of the seed 1.5–2 mm long
    Figures
    Fig 15, p 53
    Ecology
    Open to closed bushland; 350–450 m
    Note
    This species is named after Kaj Vollesen, one of the botanists who knows the East African flora extremely well and who was one of the collectors of the type specimen.
    Distribution
    Range: Somalia Flora districts: K7 T3

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania

    Other Data

    Polygala kajii Paiva appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Polygalac.: 52 (2007)

    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.

    Sources

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