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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala homblei Exell

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. DR Congo to W. Zambia.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial sending up annual shoots 10–16 cm. tall from a woody rootstock and forming large tufts; stems pubescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves 5–25 x 1.5–3.5 mm., linear-elliptic to narrowly elliptic, with mucronate tips.
    Flowers
    Flowers dull mauve, shaded greenish outside and cream-coloured inside with glabrous pedicels 4 mm. long, in short, terminal racemes with puberulous rhachis, caducous, scarious bracts 1.5–2 mm. long and bracteoles 1 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal 4 mm. long; wing sepals 10–11 x 7–9 mm., broadly elliptic to ovate, glabrous or almost so; anterior sepals 3.5 mm. long, connate almost to the apex.
    Corolla
    Upper petals 9–10 x 7mm.,obovate-spathulate, glabrous; carina 11 x 5 mm., crest 2–3 mm. long.
    Stamens
    Stamens 8.
    Fruits
    Capsule 8–10 x 7–8 mm., broadly oblong-elliptic, glabrous, with a winged margin 1.5 mm. broad.
    Seeds
    Seeds (immature) with long, white, silky hairs; caruncle well-developed.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Zambia, Zaïre

    Other Data

    Polygala homblei Exell appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in J. Bot. 70: 186 (1932)

    Accepted by

    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1): 1-336. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    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