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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala teretifolia L.f.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Zimbabwe to Mozambique, Namibia to W. Cape Prov.

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

    Habit
    Ericoid shrublet up to 1 m. tall; stems densely crisped-pubescent or white-tomentellous or sometimes glabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaves up to 12 x 1.5 mm., linear becoming terete by revolution of the margins which usually entirely conceals the lower surface except for a narrow gap, pubescent or glabrous, often needle-like.
    Flowers
    Flowers purplish, pedicels 2–3 mm. long, in short terminal or lateral 1–5-flowered racemes up to about 1.5 cm. long.
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal 3 mm. long; wing sepals 7–9 x 5–6 mm., obliquely ovate, unguiculate, glabrous; anterior sepals 2.5 x 2 mm., free, ovate.
    Corolla
    Upper petals, carina and stamens as in P. gazensis.
    Style
    Style 8 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Capsule and seeds only seen in an immature state; caruncular appendages apparently about 1 mm. long.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Polygala teretifolia L.f. appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Suppl. Pl.: 316 (1782)

    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

    • 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