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

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Annual herb up to 50–60 cm. tall with slender, densely patent-pubescent stems.
    Leaves
    Leaves 12–20 x 0.5–1.5 mm., linear to lorate, occasionally shorter and broader and somewhat crowded near the base of the stem.
    Flowers
    Flowers yellow, pedicels 1.5–2.5 mm. long, in elongated, terminal racemes up to 12 cm. long with patent-pubescent rhachis, persistent bracts 1 mm. long and bracteoles 0.6 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal 2 mm. long; wing sepals 4–5 x 3.5–4.5 mm., obliquely rotund to suborbicular, densely pubescent; anterior sepals 2 mm. long, free.
    Corolla
    Upper petals 2.5 x 1.5 mm., irregularly elliptic; carina 5 x 2.5 mm., crest 1.5 mm. long.
    Stamens
    Stamens 8.
    Fruits
    Capsule 2 x 2 mm., suborbicular in outline, pubescent with a very narrow marginal wing.
    Seeds
    Seeds 1.5 x 0.8 mm., ellipsoid, with short, white, silky hairs; caruncular appendages very short.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Zambia, Zaïre

    Other Data

    Polygala claessensii Chodat appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Bull. Soc. Bot. Genève, sér. 2, 5: 190 (1913)

    Accepted by

    • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania 30: 1-307.
    • 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

    • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania 30: 1-307.
    • 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.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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