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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala adamsonii Exell

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Malawi to N. Mozambique.

    [FZ]

    Polygalaceae, A. W. Exell. Flora Zambesiaca 1:1. 1960

    Habit
    Annual ?, up to 30–40 cm. tall, with very slender crisped-pubescent stems and branchlets.
    Leaves
    Leaves 5–7 x 1.5–1.8 cm., linear-lanceolate, apex mucronate with a needle-like point, margins somewhat revolute, base truncate, glabrous.
    Flowers
    Flowers bright pink, pedicels 3.5–4 mm. long, in very slender 1–5-flowered lateral racemes 15–20 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal 2.5 mm. long; wing sepals 5–6 x 4.5–5 mm., obliquely ovate, glabrous; anterior sepals 2 x 1.3 mm., free, ovate.
    Corolla
    Upper petals 4 x 1 mm., contortedly narrow-oblong, forked at the apex for nearly 2 mm.; carina 5 x 3 mm., minutely ciliolate on the proximal edge, crest 3 mm. long.
    Stamens
    Stamens 8, sheath minutely ciliate at the base.
    Style
    Style 5 mm. long, hooked at the upper end.
    Fruits
    Capsule 5.5 x 5 mm., suborbicular in outline, glabrous, margin with a narrow wing 0.4 mm. broad.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2.1 x 1.9 mm., subglobose, rather sparsely pubescent; caruncular appendages c. 0.6 mm. long.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Mozambique

    Other Data

    Polygala adamsonii Exell appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1977 Adamson, G. [340], Malawi K000318109
    Jan 1, 1976 Brummitt, R.K. [11342], Malawi K000318107
    Jan 1, 1976 Brummitt, R.K. [12307], Malawi K000318108
    Chapman, J.D. [5702], Malawi K000318106
    Harris, T. [327], Mozambique K000613763
    Harris, T. [393], Mozambique K000613829
    Patel, H. [7354], Mozambique K000613616
    Timberlake, J. [5061], Mozambique K000613441

    Bibliography

    First published in Bol. Soc. Brot., sér. 2, 31: 9 (1957)

    Accepted by

    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1): 1-336. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1): 1-336. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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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