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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. & SW. Tanzania to S. DR Congo.

    [FTEA]

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

    Type
    Type: Congo-Kinshasa, upper Katanga, De Witte 412 (BR!, holo.; BM!, iso.)
    Habit
    Annual herb, up to 100 cm tall
    Stem
    Stems slender, simple or ± branched, glabrescent to glabrous
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, shortly petiolate (petiole 0.5–1 mm), linear to linearlanceolate, 100–200 × 3–10 mm, acute, base cuneate, glabrescent to glabrous
    Flowers
    Flowers pale purple, in many-flowered, simple or branched, ± dense, terminal racemes, narrowly conical to cylindric, 20–25 cm long, rachis patent-pubescent; bracts and bracteoles similar, ovate-lanceolate, 6–10 × 2.5–3.5 mm, persistent; pedicels 5–15 mm, usually patent-pubescent
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal keel-shaped, 6–6.5 × 4–4.5 mm; wing sepals suborbicular, 14–14.5 mm in diameter; anterior sepals keel-shaped, 5.5–6 × 3.5–4 mm, free
    Corolla
    Upper petals obliquely elliptic, 9 × 4 mm, pubescent; carina 12 mm long; crest 4–6 mm long, fimbriate
    Stamens
    Stamens 8
    Fruits
    Capsule obovate in outline, 8–9 × 5.5–6 mm, winged (wing up to 0.5 mm wide), ciliate
    Seeds
    Seeds cylindric, 4–5 × 2 mm, with white silky hairs, 0.5 mm long; caruncle subsymmetric, kidney-shaped, with three very short appendages
    Figures
    Fig 6: 5, p 13
    Ecology
    Forest edge, soil pockets in rock, grassland; 1800–2200 m
    Distribution
    Range: Congo-Kinshasa Flora districts: T4 T7

    Images

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania, Zaïre

    Other Data

    Polygala kasikensis Exell appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1975 De Witte [s.n.], Congo, DRC K000231574

    Bibliography

    First published in J. Bot. 70: 168 (1932)

    Accepted by

    • Paiva, j. (2007). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Polygalaceae: 1-60.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Paiva, j. (2007). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Polygalaceae: 1-60.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Fontqueria 50: 201, t. 37/f (1998).
    • F.C.B. 7: 261 (1958)
    • J.B. 70: 168 (1932)
    • De Wild. & Staner, Contr. Fl. Katanga, suppl. 4: 46 (1932), nom. nud.

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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