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

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Type
    Type: Tanzania, Kilimanjaro, Ehlers 68 (B†, holo.)
    Habit
    Annual or perennial herb, scrambling and semi-scandent, up to 15 cm tall
    Stem
    Stems slender, branched, crisped-pubescent
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, petiolate, ovate-elliptic to ovate-lanceolate, 10–40 × 4–15 mm, acuminate, base cuneate or subobtuse, crispedpubescent on both sides; petiole 1–1.5 mm, crisped-pubescent
    Flowers
    Flowers pink, in lateral racemes 2–10 cm long, flexuous, lax (space between two flowers up to 3 cm) and few-flowered, with 2–9 flowers and the rachis crisped-pubescent; bracts ovateacuminate, 1.5–2 mm long, pubescent, persistent, bracteoles ovate, 1–1.3 mm long, pubescent, persistent; pedicels 4–10 mm, pubescent, but often pubescent
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal keel-shaped, 3–3.5 × 1.5–2 mm, sparsely pubescent; wing sepals suborbicular, 5.5–7 × 5–6.5 mm, inconspicuously and laxly reticulate, glabrous; anterior sepals keel-shaped, 2.5–3 × 1.5–2 mm, sparsely pubescent, free
    Corolla
    Upper petals obliquely oblanceolate, 4–4.5 × 1.5–2 mm, puberulous towards the base; carina 4.5–5 × 2.5–3 mm; crest 2–3 mm long, fimbriate
    Stamens
    Stamens 8
    Fruits
    Capsule broadly elliptic to almost orbicular in outline, 5–5.5 × 4.5–5 mm, asymmetrically emarginate, narrowly winged (wing 0.5–0.8 mm wide), ciliolate
    Seeds
    Seeds ovoid-ellipsoid, 3–3.5 × 1.5 mm, shortly sericeouspubescent; caruncle subsymmetric, with three appendages, two long, 0.5–1 mm long, the other one shorter or almost absent
    Ecology
    Dry open places in short grassland, forest clearings and forest margins; 1800–2700 m
    Distribution
    Flora districts: K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 ; T2 T3 not known elsewhere

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Chad, Kenya, Tanzania

    Other Data

    Polygala ehlersii Gürke appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Christenhusz, M.J.M., Kamau, P., Mbale, M. [6655], Kenya K000696638

    Bibliography

    First published in Beibl. Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 47: 36 (1894)

    Accepted by

    • Brundu, G. & Camarda, I. (2013). The Flora of Chad: a checklist and brief analysis PhytoKeys 23: 1-18.
    • Paiva, j. (2007). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Polygalaceae: 1-60.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Brundu, G. & Camarda, I. (2013). The Flora of Chad: a checklist and brief analysis PhytoKeys 23: 1-18.
    • Paiva, j. (2007). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Polygalaceae: 1-60.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Fontqueria 50: 183 (1998).
    • E.J. 19, Beibl. 47: 36 (1894)

    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.

    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