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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala kalaxariensis Schinz

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Procumbent, perennial herb or shrublet with minutely pubescent or nearly glabrous stems and branches.
    Leaves
    Leaves 8–15 x 1–3 mm. (often much broader in Angolan specimens), linear-oblong to narrowly oblong, minutely pubescent or nearly glabrous, blunt and mucronate at the apex.
    Flowers
    Flowers blue, pedicels rather stout up to 6 mm. long, in short, lateral racemes up to 2 cm. long or solitary, with pubescent rhachis and caducous bracts and bracteoles.
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal 2.5–3 mm. long; wing sepals 6–7 x 3.5–5 mm., greenish, obliquely elliptic or ovate-elliptic; anterior sepals 2.5 mm. long, connate.
    Corolla
    Upper petals 5 x 4 mm., obcuneate; carina 7 x 3 mm., minutely pubescent on the margin towards the base, crest 2 mm. long.
    Androecium
    Stamens 6 fertile and 2 staminodes.
    Fruits
    Capsule 6 x 3.5 mm., elliptic-oblong, minutely pubescent near the margins, margin very narrowly winged.
    Seeds
    Seeds 3 x 1.6 mm., cylindric, sparsely white-sericeous; caruncle 1.3 mm. long with very small appendages.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Polygala kalaxariensis Schinz appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1977 Schinz [505], South Africa K000231832 isotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Verh. Bot. Vereins Prov. Brandenburg 29: 52 (1888)

    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.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 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.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

    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.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 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.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

    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