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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala arenicola Gürke

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. DR Congo to Angola.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Spreading annual or perennial herb or shrublet with thick, woody rootstock; stems slender, slightly winged, glabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaves 8–12 x 0.3–0.6 mm., linear to acicular, glabrous, margins incurved.
    Flowers
    Flowers pale blue, pedicels 2.5–3 mm. long, in terminal racemes 2–4 cm. long with glabrous rhachis and caducous bracts and bracteoles.
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal 1.5–1.8 mm. long; wing sepals 4–5 x 2 mm., greenish, obliquely elliptic, acute at the apex, glabrous.
    Corolla
    Upper petals 3 x 1.5–2 mm., obcuneate; carina 5 x 2 mm., crest 1.5 mm. long.
    Androecium
    Stamens 6 fertile and 2 staminodes.
    Fruits
    Capsule 3.5–4 x 2–2.5 mm., elliptic-oblong, sometimes minutely puberulous when young, glabrescent.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2.5 x 1–1.2 mm., ellipsoid, with rather white, appressed, silky hairs; caruncle 1 mm. long, appendages minute.
    Note
    (Seed described from Angolan material).

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Zambia, Zaïre

    Other Data

    Polygala arenicola Gürke appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1977 Gossweiler, J. [3698], Angola K000231679
    Jan 1, 1977 Baum, H. [301], Angola K000231680 isotype

    Bibliography

    First published in O.Warburg (ed.), Kunene-Sambesi Exped.: 273 (1903)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 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. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 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
    '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.
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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