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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala africana Chodat

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tanzania to S. Africa.

    [FTEA]

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

    Type
    Type: Angola, Cuanza Norte, Pungo Andongo, Welwitsch 1009 [1109] (B†, holo.; LISU!, lecto.; BM!, isolecto.)
    Habit
    Annual herb, 8–15(–25) cm tall
    Stem
    Stems often much branched, filiform and glabrous
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, subsessile, linear-filiform, 2–7 × 0.2–0.5 mm, acute and often uncinate, base cuneate, glabrous
    Flowers
    Flowers pink, rarely whitish, in dense, terminal racemes 1–2 cm long; rachis glabrous; bracts linear, 0.5–0.8 mm long, glabrous, soon caducous; bracteoles linear, 0.2–0.5 mm long, glabrous, soon caducous; pedicels 0.2–0.3 mm, glabrous
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal linear-elliptic, 0.7–0.8 mm long, glabrous; wing sepals suborbicular, 1–1.5 × 1–1.2 mm, glabrous; anterior sepals linear, 0.5–0.6 mm long, glabrous, free
    Corolla
    Upper petals oblong-lanceolate, 0.8–1 mm long; carina 1 mm long; crest 0.5 mm long, ± fimbriate
    Stamens
    Stamens 8
    Fruits
    Capsule suborbicular in outline, 1–1.2 mm diameter, unwinged, glabrous
    Seeds
    Seeds subglobose to ellipsoid, 0.6 × 0.5–0.6 mm, with minute, glochidiate hairs; caruncle absent
    Figures
    Fig 4: 8, p 10
    Ecology
    Seasonally inundated grassland; ± 1525 m
    Distribution
    Flora districts: T4 Range: Tropical Africa S of Equator

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Other Data

    Polygala africana Chodat appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Bidgood, S. [5865], Tanzania K000468560

    Bibliography

    First published in Mém. Soc. Phys. Genève 31(2: 2): 168 (1893)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E., Smith, G.F. & Paiva, J. (2013). A checklist of Polygala (Polygalaceae) in the Flora of Southern Africa region with notes on types Phytotaxa 155: 1-22.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Paiva, j. (2007). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Polygalaceae: 1-60.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1): 1-336. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1): 1-336. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Fontqueria 50: 161, t. 7/a-b, t. 9, t. 17/c, t. 25/j (1998).
    • F.Z. 1, 1: 328, t. 57/13, t. 58B (1960)
    • F.C.B. 7: 268, fig. 7, I (1958)
    • Mém. Soc. Phys. Hist. Nat. Genève 31 (2): 168, tab. 21/20–21 (1893)

    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.

    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