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

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

    [FTEA]

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

    Type
    Type: Tanzania, Kilosa District: Luhembe, Goetze 406 (B†, holo.; BM!, lecto.)
    Habit
    Perennial, erect herb, 30–40 cm tall
    Stem
    Stems slender, branched, crispedpubescent
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, subsessile, elliptic to narrowly elliptic, 10–70 × 5–25 mm, rounded to acute and acuminate, base cuneate, with the secondary venation and reticulation conspicuous, sparsely crisped-pubescent to glabrescent
    Flowers
    Flowers greenish, in 3–15-flowered lateral racemes 1.5–4 cm long, rachis crispedpubescent; bracts lanceolate, 0.7 mm long, crisped-pubescent, caducous; bracteoles lanceolate, 0.5 mm long, crisped-pubescent, caducous; pedicels 1.5–3 mm, crispedpubescent
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal ovate, 2.5–2.8 × 1.2 mm, ciliolate; wing sepals greenish, obliquely elliptic, apiculate, 4–5 × 2.5–3 mm, sparsely pubescent to glabrous; anterior sepals lanceolate, 2 × 0.7–1 mm, ciliolate, free
    Corolla
    Upper petals broadly obovate and shortly unguiculate, 3.5 × 3.5–3.2 mm; carina 3 × 2.5 mm; crest 1.5 mm long, fimbriate
    Stamens
    Stamens 8
    Fruits
    Capsule broadly elliptic in outline, 4 × 5 mm, glabrous, narrowly winged, wing 0.5–0.8 mm wide
    Seeds
    Seeds broadly ovoid, 2.5 × 2 mm, sericeous-pubescent, caruncle 0.3 mm long, appendages up to half as long as the seed (1.2 mm long)
    Figures
    Fig 10: 6, p 18
    Ecology
    Open woodland and bushland; 450–1000 m
    Distribution
    Flora districts: T6 T8 Range: Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique
    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb, 30–40 cm. tall; stems slender, crisped-pubescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves 1–7 x 0.5–2.5 cm., elliptic or narrowly elliptic, almost glabrous with rather conspicuous anastomosing nerves, rounded or acute and acuminate at the apex, cuneate at the base.
    Flowers
    Flowers greenish, pedicels 1.5–2 mm. long, in short, lateral 3–15-flowered racemes 1.5–2 cm. long.
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal 2.5 x 1.2 mm. with ciliolate margin; wing sepals 5–5.5 x 2.5–3 mm., greenish, obliquely elliptic, apiculate at the apex, glabrous or nearly so; anterior sepals 2 x 1 mm., free, with ciliolate margins.
    Corolla
    Upper petals 3.5 x 3.1 mm., broadly obovate, shortly unguiculate; carina 3 x 2.5 mm., crest 1.5 mm. long.
    Stamens
    Stamens 8.
    Style
    Style 5 mm. long, geniculate at the apex.
    Fruits
    Capsule 4 x 5 mm., glabrous with winged margin 0.6–0.8 mm. broad.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2.5 x 2 mm., broadly ovoid, sericeous-pubescent; caruncular appendages 1.2 mm. long.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia

    Other Data

    Polygala goetzei Gürke appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 28: 417 (1900)

    Accepted by

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

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Paiva, j. (2007). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Polygalaceae: 1-60.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1): 1-336. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Fontqueria 50: 246, t. 46/h (1998).
    • F.Z. 1, 1: 312 (1960)
    • T.T.C.L.: 457 (1949)
    • E.J. 28: 417 (1900)

    Sources

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

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    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