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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala sparsiflora Oliv.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tropical Africa to Central African Republic.

    [FWTA]

    Polygalaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

    Habit
    Erect annual, simple or sparingly branched, 2–4 ft. high
    Flowers
    Flowers greenish-white or pink.
    [FTEA]

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

    Type
    Type: Sierra Leone, Morson s.n. (K!, holo.; BM!, iso.)
    Habit
    Annual herb, 30–60(–100) cm tall
    Stem
    Stems erect, slender, simple or few-branched, scarcely crisped-pubescent, rarely patent-pubescent
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, shortly petiolate (petiole 0.5 mm), linear to linear-lanceolate, 10–30 × 0.5–1.5 mm, acute, base cuneate, slightly pubescent to glabrous
    Flowers
    Flowers pink, magenta to yellow, in many-flowered or few-flowered, simple lax, flexuous, terminal racemes (none on the axils of the upper leaves) up to 35 cm long, rachis pubescent; bracts linearlanceolate, 0.8–1 mm long, pubescent, persistent; bracteoles linear-lanceolate, 0.5 mm long, pubescent, persistent; pedicels 2.5–3 mm, pubescent
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal keel-shaped, 2–2.5 × 1.3–1.5 mm, pubescent; wing sepals broadly elliptic, (4.5–)6–7 × 3–4.5 mm, densely pubescent; anterior sepals keel-shaped, 1.5–2 × 1 mm, free
    Corolla
    Upper petals obliquely obovate, 3.5–4 × 1.3–1.5 mm; carina 4–5 × 2.5–3 mm long, glabrous; crest 2–2.5 mm long, fimbriate
    Stamens
    Stamens 8
    Fruits
    Capsule narrowly obovate in outline, 4–4.5 × 2–2.5 mm, slightly emarginate, unwinged or very narrowly winged, pubescent
    Seeds
    Seeds cylindric, 3–3.5 × 1–1.3 mm, with white silky hairs, 1–1.3 mm long; caruncle symmetric, kidney-shaped, with scarcely developed appendages
    Figures
    Fig 7: 4, p 14

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Central African Repu, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone

    Accepted Infraspecifics

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Polygala sparsiflora Oliv. appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Fl. Trop. Afr. 1: 127 (1868)

    Accepted by

    • Paiva, j. (2007). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Polygalaceae: 1-60.
    • Aké Assi, L. (2002). Flore de la Côte-d'Ivoire: catalogue systématique, biogéographie et écologie. II Boissiera 58: 1-401.
    • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(1): 1-85. ORSTROM, Bangui.
    • Hutchinson, J., Dalziel, J.M. & Keay, R.W.J. (1954-1958). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 1-828.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • Chev. Fl. Viv. 1: 268.
    • F.T.A. 1: 127 (excl. var. ß)

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Aké Assi, L. (2002). Flore de la Côte-d'Ivoire: catalogue systématique, biogéographie et écologie. II Boissiera 58: 1-401.
    • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(1): 1-85. ORSTROM, Bangui.
    • Hutchinson, J., Dalziel, J.M. & Keay, R.W.J. (1954-1958). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 1-828.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Fontqueria 50: 206, tab. 39/e (1998).
    • F.T.A. 1: 127 (1900), pro parte, quoad var. α

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    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