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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala seminuda Harv.

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb up to about 30 cm. tall, with slender, greyish, crisped-pubescent stems.
    Leaves
    Leaves linear to linear-oblong, 10–13 x 1–1.5 mm., sparsely pubescent, tips recurved and mucronate.
    Flowers
    Flowers white, pedicels 1–2 mm. long, in elongated, terminal racemes up to 10 cm. long with sparsely pubescent rhachis and caducous bracts and bracteoles.
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal 2 mm. long; wing sepals narrowly obovate-elliptic, 6 x 2.5 mm., glabrous, rounded at the apex; anterior sepals free, 2 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Upper petals 3 mm. long; carina 3 mm. long, crest 1 mm. long.
    Stamens
    Stamens 8.
    Fruits
    Capsule 5 x 3.5 mm., narrowly obovate in outline, glabrous, margin narrowly winged.
    Seeds
    Seeds cylindric, 3 x 1.5 mm., with dense, white, silky hairs; caruncular appendages about 0.5 mm. long.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, Namibia

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Polygala seminuda Harv. appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 1: 86 (1860)

    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
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/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