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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala conosperma Bojer

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to NE. Tanzania (incl. Zanzibar).

    [FTEA]

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

    Type
    Type: Kenya, Mombasa, Hildebrandt 1925 (B†, holo.; P!, lecto.; BREM!, K!, M!, W!, isolecto.)
    Habit
    Perennial or annual herb, 30–100 cm tall
    Stem
    Stems erect, simple or few-branched, striate, glabrous
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, shortly petiolate (petiole 0.5–1 mm), linear, 25–60 × 0.5–1 mm, mucronate, base cuneate, margin revolute, glabrous
    Flowers
    Flowers pale red or yellowish, in lax terminal racemes 10–30 cm long; rachis glabrous; bracts linearlanceolate, 2–2.5 mm long, ciliate; bracteoles linear, 0.7–0.8 mm long, ciliate; pedicels 1.5–2.5 mm, glabrous
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal ovate, 2–2.5 mm long, ciliate; wing sepals obovate-elliptic, 4–4.5 × 2.5 mm, 3–5-veined from the base, glabrous, persistent; anterior sepals 1–1.5 mm long, ciliate, connate
    Corolla
    Upper petals obovate-spathulate, 4.5–5 × 1.5–2 mm; carina 3.5–4 × 1.5–1.8 mm; crest 1 mm long, fimbriate
    Stamens
    Stamens 6 fertile with 2 staminodes
    Fruits
    Capsule obovate-elliptic in outline, 3.5 × 2–2.2 mm, slightly asymmetric-bilobate, glabrous, very narrowly winged
    Seeds
    Seeds obovoid-ellipsoid, 3–3.5 × 1.5 mm, with white silky hairs; caruncle almost symmetric, oblong kidney-shaped, 1 mm long; appendages 0.2 mm long
    Figures
    Fig 10: 3, p 18
    Ecology
    Edges of wooded grassland, secondary grassland not far from the coast; 0–10 m
    Distribution
    Flora districts: K7 T3 Z not known elsewhere

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Polygala conosperma Bojer appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Hildebrandt, J.M. [1925], Tanzania K000231703 isoneotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., sér. 2, 4: 266 (1835)

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Paiva, j. (2007). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Polygalaceae: 1-60.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Fontqueria 50: 237, t. 45/e (1998).
    • Ann. Sc. Nat., sèr. 2, 4: 266 (1835)

    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.
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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