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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala gomesiana Welw. ex Oliv.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Angola to W. Zambia.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb up to about 2 m. with woody rootstock with usually a single, longitudinally furrowed, glabrous or nearly glabrous stem.
    Leaves
    Leaves very variable in size (reaching a maximum of 10 x 2.5 cm. in Angolan material), elliptic to very narrowly elliptic acute or rounded at the apex, cuneate at the base, glabrous or nearly so.
    Flowers
    Flowers bright purple, pedicels slender, pilose, up to 12 mm. long, in many flowered terminal racemes up to 40 cm. long, branched or simple, rhachis pubescent, with persistent, purplish scarious, ovate or ovate-acuminate bracts and bracteoles up to about 7 (9) mm. long.
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal 6 mm. long, keel-shaped, pilose; wing sepals up to 12 x 11 mm., obliquely suborbicular, glabrous; anterior sepals c. 5.5 mm. long, free, keel-shaped.
    Corolla
    Upper petals 6 x 3 mm. laterally deeply notched; carina 7 x 4 mm., crest 3 mm. long.
    Stamens
    Stamens 8.
    Style
    Style 9–10 mm. long, strongly curved, glabrous.
    Fruits
    Capsule 5–6 x 4.5–5.5 mm., broadly obovate in outline, sparsely pilose on the margin with marginal wing 0.5–1 mm. broad.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2.5 x 1.8 mm., ovoid, white-silky-pubescent; caruncular appendages absent.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Zambia

    Other Data

    Polygala gomesiana Welw. ex Oliv. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1977 Welw. [1032], Angola K000231698 isotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Fl. Trop. Afr. 1: 126 (1868)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. 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. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. 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
    '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