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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala hottentotta C.Presl

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial (sometimes annual ?) herb or shrublet 30–60 cm. tall with slender, wiry, minutely pubescent or glabrous stems.
    Leaves
    Leaves 10–40 x 0.5–2 mm., lorate to linear, glabrous or very sparsely pubescent.
    Flowers
    Flowers dull yellowish-white, pale purple or pinkish, pedicels 2–3 mm. long, in elongated, terminal racemes up to 20 cm. long with sparsely pubescent or glabrous rhachis and caducous bracts 1.4 mm. long and bracteoles about 1–1.2 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal 2.5–3 mm. long; wing sepals 5–8 x 3–4.5 mm., obovate, obovate-elliptic or suborbicular, glabrous; anterior sepals 2–2.5 mm. long, free.
    Corolla
    Upper petals c. 2.2 x 2.2 mm., almost square, with a short stalk; carina 6 x 2.5–3 mm., crest 2.5–3 mm. long.
    Stamens
    Stamens 8.
    Fruits
    Capsule 4–5 x 3–3.5 mm., obliquely obovate-elliptic, with very narrowly winged margin, glabrous.
    Seeds
    Seeds 4 x 2 mm., ellipsoid, with white silky hairs; caruncle oblique, appendages scarcely developed.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Polygala hottentotta C.Presl appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1977 Drege [7194], South Africa K000231838 isotype
    Jan 1, 1977 Bolus, H. [495], South Africa K000231839

    Bibliography

    First published in Abh. Königl. Böhm. Ges. Wiss., ser. 5, 3: 445 (1845)

    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
    '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.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/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