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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala marensis Burtt Davy

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Mozambique to S. Africa.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Prostrate shrublet of greyish appearance with densely pubescent branchlets.
    Leaves
    Leaves oblanceolate or spathulate, normally 5–25 x 1–6 mm. (extremely diminutive leaves are occasionally found).
    Flowers
    Flowers blue, pedicels 2–2.5 mm. long, in terminal racemes up to 15 cm. long with pubescent rhachis, caducous bracts 2 mm. long and bracteoles 1 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal 2.5–3 mm. long; wing sepals 6–8 x 4 mm., glabrous; anterior sepals 2–2.5 mm. long, connate.
    Corolla
    Upper petals 4.5 x 3 mm., spathulate or obovate; carina 8 x 4 mm., crest 1.5–2 mm. long.
    Stamens
    Stamens 8.
    Fruits
    Capsule oblong, oblique, 7 x 3.5–4 mm., glabrous, apical lobes pointed, marginal wing very narrow except at the apex.
    Seeds
    Seeds 5 x 1.5 mm., cylindric, with a dense indumentum of long, white, silky hairs; caruncle well-developed but appendages minute.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Polygala marensis Burtt Davy appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1977 Rogers, F.A. [22616], South Africa K000231817 Unknown type material

    Bibliography

    First published in Man. Pl. Transvaal 1: 48 (1926)

    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
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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