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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala albida Schinz

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Ethiopia, Rwanda to S. Africa.

    [FTEA]

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

    Type
    Type: Namibia, Olukonda, Schinz 506 (G†, holo.; K!, lecto.)
    Habit
    Annual herb, 5–40(–60) cm tall
    Stem
    Stems slender, branched, the secondary flowering branchlets shorter than the terminal primary one, crisped-pubescent
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, petiolate (petiole 1–3 mm, crisped-pubescent), linear to narrowly elliptic, 15–80(–100) × 2–15 mm, subacute to rounded, base cuneate, glabrous or, sometimes minutely pubescent on the midrib and towards the base
    Flowers
    Flowers white, greenish white, pale pink to pale purple, in dense terminal and lateral racemes 2–7 cm long, rachis crisped-pubescent; bracts lanceolate, 1.5–2 mm long, usually glabrous or laxly ciliate, persistent, bracteoles lanceolate, 1–1.5 mm long, usually glabrous or laxly ciliate, persistent; pedicels deflexed, 1.5–4(–5) mm, usually crisped-pubescent
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal keel-shaped, 3.5–4 × 1 mm, pubescent or glabrescent; wing sepals obliquely ovate-elliptic, 6–8(–9) × 5–6 mm, with a prominent venation, usually a few hairy towards the base; anterior sepals keel-shaped, 2–3 × 1.2–1.5 mm, free
    Corolla
    Upper petals obliquely elliptic, notched on one side, 2–2.2 × 1–1.5 mm; carina 3–4 × 2 mm; crest 2 mm long, fimbriate
    Stamens
    Stamens 8
    Style
    Style 3–4 mm long
    Fruits
    Capsule broadly elliptic in outline, 4.5–5 × 4–4.5 mm, winged (wing 0.5–1 mm wide), ciliate
    Seeds
    Seeds ellipsoid, 4–5 × 1.5–2.2 mm, densely hairy (hairs 1.5–2 mm long); caruncle subsymmetric, kidney-shaped, with three small appendages
    Distribution
    Range: Widespread throughout tropical Africa, from Ethiopia to Namibia and South Africa

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Ethiopia, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Accepted Infraspecifics

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Polygala albida Schinz appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1975 Schinz, H. [s.n.], South Africa K000231662 isotype
    Watermeyer, A.M. [62], Tanzania 694.000

    Bibliography

    First published in Verh. Bot. Vereins Prov. Brandenburg 29: 53 (1888)

    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.
    • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
    • Lewalle, J. (1970). Liste floristique et répartition altitudinale de la flore du Burundi occidental: 1-84. Université officielle de Bujumbura.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1): 1-336. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • 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.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1983). Flora du Rwanda 2: 1-603. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
    • Lewalle, J. (1970). Liste floristique et répartition altitudinale de la flore du Burundi occidental: 1-84. Université officielle de Bujumbura.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1): 1-336. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Fl. Eth. 2, 1: 183 (2000).
    • Fontqueria 50: 190, t. 7/d, t. 12a, t. 36/a, b (1998)
    • U.K.W.F. ed. 2: 55 (1994)
    • F.Z. 1, 1: 320, t. 57/21 (1960)
    • Verh. Bot. Vereins Province Brandenburg 29: 53 (1888)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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