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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala meonantha Chodat

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Ethiopia to Kenya.

    [FTEA]

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

    Type
    Type: Ethiopia, Arussa-Galla, Ellenbeck 2055 (B†, syn.); TaroGumbi, Ellenbeck 2048 (B†, syn.); Ethiopia, Sidamo, 38 km from Negele, on Filtu road, Gilbert 3358 (K!, neo.)
    Habit
    Annual or short-lived perennial sprawling herb 5–20 cm tall
    Stem
    Stems slender, branched, crisped-pubescent
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, petiolate (petiole 0.5–1 mm, crisped-pubescent), linear to lanceolate, (10–)20–35(–40) × (0.5–)2–5 mm, acute to apiculate, base cuneate, secondary venation and reticulation inconspicuous, sparsely pubescent
    Flowers
    Flowers pale pink, in 1–5-flowered lateral racemes 0.7–2.5 cm long, rachis crisped-pubescent; bracts ovate-lanceolate, 0.5–0.8 mm long, crisped-pubescent, soon caducous; bracteoles ovatelanceolate, 0.5 mm long, crisped-pubescent, soon caducous; pedicels (0.5–)1–2 mm, crisped-pubescent
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal lanceolate, 1.7–2 × 0.8–1 mm, acute, crispedpubescent and ciliolate; wing sepals obliquely elliptic, 3–4 × 1.2–1.6 mm, usually apiculate, sparsely pubescent; anterior sepals lanceolate, 1.5 × 0.7 mm, acute, crispedpubescent and ciliolate, free
    Corolla
    Upper petals obovate, 2.5–3 × 1.1.2 mm; carina 3.5–4.5 × 1.5–2 mm; crest fimbriate
    Stamens
    Stamens 8
    Fruits
    Capsule ovate-orbicular in outline, 2.5–3.5 mm in diameter, asymmetrically bilobate, sparsely pubescent, very narrowly winged, wing 0.1–0.2 mm wide
    Seeds
    Seeds ovoid, 2–2.8 × 1.5 mm, sericeous, caruncle 0.2 mm long, with three short appendages.
    Ecology
    Scattered tree grassland, Acacia bushland, woodland; 0–700 m
    Distribution
    Range: Ethiopia, Somalia Flora districts: K1 K4 K7

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia

    Other Data

    Polygala meonantha Chodat appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 2003 Gilbert, M.G. [3358], Ethiopia K000231561 neotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 48: 326 (1912)

    Accepted by

    • Paiva, j. (2007). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Polygalaceae: 1-60.
    • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Fl. Eth. 2, 1: 182, fig. 24.2/10–12 (2000).
    • Fontqueria 50: 174 (1998)
    • Thulin, Fl. Somalia 1: 84 (1993)
    • E.J. 48(1–2): 326 (1912)

    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