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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala uncinata E.Mey. ex Meisn.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial sending up annual shoots from a woody rootstock or shrublet with slender, minutely pubescent, angled or slightly winged stems.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3–15 x 0.5–2.5 mm., linear to narrowly elliptic or linear-spathulate, minutely pubescent or glabrous, usually rounded at the apex with a recurved mucro.
    Flowers
    Flowers purple or blue, pedicels 2–2.5 mm. long, in terminal racemes 3–10 cm. long with minutely pubescent rhachis and minute, caducous bracts and bracteoles.
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal 2.5 mm. long; wing sepals 5 x 3 mm., oblong-elliptic, blunt or slightly refuse at the apex, glabrous; anterior sepals 2 mm. long, connate.
    Corolla
    Upper petals 4.5 x 2.5 mm., obovate-spathulate; carina 5 x 2.5 mm., crest 1.5 mm. long.
    Stamens
    Stamens 8.
    Fruits
    Capsule 5.5 x 3.5–4 mm., broadly oblong-elliptic, glabrous, with a narrow marginal wing.
    Seeds
    Seeds 3.5 x 1.2 mm., elliptic, with dense, white, silky indumentum; caruncle 1 mm. long, appendages absent.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Polygala uncinata E.Mey. ex Meisn. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1977 Drege [s.n.], South Africa K000231778 Unknown type material
    Jan 1, 1977 Bowker [s.n.], South Africa K000231777
    Burke [s.n.], South Africa K000231779
    Drege [s.n.], South Africa Polygala hamata K000231776 syntype
    Jan 1, 1977 Cecil, E. [45], Zimbabwe Polygala latipetala K000231692 Unknown type material

    Bibliography

    First published in London J. Bot. 1: 468 (1842)

    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.

    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
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
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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