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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to N. Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

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

    Ecology
    Afroalpine grassland, grassland, often in rocky places; (2550–)3000–4050 m
    Type
    Type: Ethiopia, Semien, Mt Buahit, Steudner s.n. (B!, holo.)
    Habit
    Perennial herb, up to 18 cm tall
    Stem
    Stems procumbent, slender, spreading from a woody rootstock, much branched, crisped-pubescent
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, shortly petiolate (petiole 0.5–0.8 mm, narrowly winged, crisped-pubescent), linear-elliptic, 7–12 × 1.5–3.5 mm, rounded to obtuse, mucronate, slightly base cuneate, crispedpubescent on the margins and main vein on both sides
    Flowers
    Flowers mauve or pink, in terminal (and rarely lateral) racemes 2–4 cm long; rachis crisped-pubescent; bracts linear, 0.7–1 mm long, glabrous, caducous; bracteoles linear, 0.5 mm long, glabrous, caducous; pedicels 1.5–1.8 mm, glabrous
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal lanceolate, 2.7–3 mm long, glabrous; wing sepals elliptic, 5–5.5 × 3–3.5 mm, with a conspicuous middle stripe, glabrous; anterior sepals linear-lanceolate, 2.5–2.8 mm long, glabrous, free
    Corolla
    Upper petals oblong-elliptic, 3–3.5 × 1.5 mm; carina 5 × 2.5 mm; crest 2.5 mm long
    Stamens
    Stamens 8
    Fruits
    Capsule elliptic in outline, 3–4 × 2.5 mm, very narrowly winged (wing 0.1–0.2 mm wide), glabrous
    Seeds
    Seeds cylindric, 2.5 × 1 mm, with dense white silky hairs; caruncle asymmetric, 0.3 mm long, appendages 1.5 mm long, up to the half length of the seed
    Figures
    Fig 11: 3, p 20
    Distribution
    Flora districts: U3 K3 K4 K5 T2 Range: Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Polygala steudneri Chodat appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Mém. Soc. Phys. Genève 31(2: 2): 390 (1893)

    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.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • 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.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Fl. Eth. 2, 1: 185, t. 24.4/1–2 (2000).
    • Fontqueria 50: 261, t. 50/f (1998)
    • Mém. Soc. Phys. Hist. Nat. Genève 31 (2): 390 (1893)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East 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