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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala gazensis Baker f.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe to Mozambique and E. Cape Prov.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    An ericoid shrub, erect or sprawling, up to 1–2.5 m. tall; stems densely crisped- or patent-pubescent sometimes tomentose.
    Leaves
    Leaves 10–25 x 2–5 mm., narrowly elliptic, chartaceous to almost coriaceous, rather dark, shiny and usually nearly glabrous above, lighter in colour and somewhat pubescent or pilosulose below, apex pointed, margins usually revolute.
    Flowers
    Flowers mauve, purple or violet or occasionally white and mauve, pedicels 5–9 mm. long, solitary or in short lateral 2–50-flowered racemes up to about 1 cm. long.
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal 3 mm. long; wing sepals 10–12 x 6–8 mm., obliquely ovate, unguiculate, glabrous; anterior sepals 3 mm. long, free, ovate.
    Corolla
    Upper petals 6–7 x 2 mm., obliquely and irregularly oblong, forked at the apex nearly to the middle; carina 8 x 5.5 mm., ciliate on its proximal margin.
    Stamens
    Stamens 8.
    Style
    Style 10 mm. long, ribbon-like, hooked at the apex and with incurved margins.
    Fruits
    Capsule 8 x 7.5 mm., suborbicular in outline, with a winged margin nearly 1 mm. broad.
    Seeds
    Seeds 3.5 x 2.5 mm., oblong-ellipsoid, somewhat sparsely pilose; caruncular appendages about 1 mm. long.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Zimbabwe

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Polygala gazensis Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1977 Swynnerton, C.F.M. [632], Zimbabwe K000231675 isotype

    Bibliography

    First published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 40: 24 (1911)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E., Smith, G.F. & Paiva, J. (2013). A checklist of Polygala (Polygalaceae) in the Flora of Southern Africa region with notes on types Phytotaxa 155: 1-22.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. 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. & Paiva, J. (2013). A checklist of Polygala (Polygalaceae) in the Flora of Southern Africa region with notes on types Phytotaxa 155: 1-22.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. 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
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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