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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Chad, N. Zambia.

    [FZ]

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

    Calyx
    Posterior sepal 5 mm. long; wing sepals 8 x 6 mm., obliquely broadly obovate in outline, glabrous; anterior sepals 4 mm. long, free.
    Corolla
    Upper petals 5.5–6 x 3 mm., obliquely oblong, lobed at one side; carina 5.5 mm. long, crest 4 mm. long.
    Stamens
    Stamens 8.
    Fruits
    Capsule 7 x 2.8 mm., narrowly oblanceolate-oblong in outline, ciliate on the margin.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2 x 1 mm., densely sericeous; caruncle c. 1 mm. long, sagittate, appendages scarcely developed.
    Habit
    Perennial herb up to 2.5 m. tall, with wiry, minutely appressed-pubescent stems.
    Leaves
    Leaves 20–80 x 0.5–1 mm., linear, with needle-like points, glabrous.
    Flowers
    Flowers pale blue or pale mauve and white, pedicels 2.5–3 mm. long, in elongated terminal racemes up to 20 cm. long with minutely appressed-pubescent rhachis and persistent bracts 2 mm. long and bracteoles 1.5 mm. long.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Chad, Zambia

    Other Data

    Polygala britteniana Chodat appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1977 Scott Elliot, G.F. [8256], Zambia K000231697 isotype

    Bibliography

    First published in J. Bot. 34: 198 (1896)

    Accepted by

    • Lebrun, J.-P., Audru, J., Gaston, A. & Mosnier, M. (1972). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Tchad Méridional: 1-289. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1): 1-336. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Lebrun, J.-P., Audru, J., Gaston, A. & Mosnier, M. (1972). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Tchad Méridional: 1-289. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
    • 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