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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Angola.

    [FTEA]

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

    Type
    Type: Angola, Pungo Andongo, Welwitsch 1007 (B†, holo.; BM!, lecto.; LD!, LISU!, M!, isolecto.)
    Habit
    Annual erect herb, 6–18 cm tall
    Stem
    Stems slender, usually pseudo-di- or trichotomously branched, apparently terminating in an inflorescence and growth continuing by lateral branches, usually exceeding the primary one, crispedpubescent
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, petiolate (petiole 1–3 mm, crisped-pubescent), lanceolate to oblong-elliptic, 15–30(–60) × 1–10 mm, subacute to rounded, base cuneate, glabrous or very minutely pubescent on both sides
    Flowers
    Flowers whitish, pinkish or lilac, in much congested terminal racemes, often subglobose, 8–25 mm long, rachis crisped-pubescent; bracts lanceolate, 1–1.5 mm long, usually pubescent, persistent; bracteoles lanceolate, 1 mm long, usually pubescent, persistent; pedicels 1.5–3 mm, usually crisped-pubescent
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal keel-shaped, 1.5–2 × 0.8 mm, pubescent or glabrescent; wing sepals elliptic to suborbicular, 3–4 × 2–3 mm, pubescent towards the base; anterior sepals keel-shaped, 1–1.5 mm long, free
    Corolla
    Upper petals obliquely elliptic, constricted below the middle, 2.5 × 1.5–2 mm, pubescent at the base; carina 2.5 × 1.25 mm; crest 1.5–2 mm long, fimbriate
    Stamens
    Stamens 8
    Fruits
    Capsule elliptic to suborbicular in outline, 2–2.5 × 2–2.8 mm, glabrous, narrowly winged (wing 0.2 mm wide)
    Seeds
    Seeds ellipsoid to subglobose, 1.5–2.3 × 0.7–1 mm, brownish silky-pubescent, rarely puberulous; caruncle subsymmetric, 0.4–0.6 mm long, with three small appendages, 0.2–0.3 mm long.

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    Distribution

    Accepted Infraspecifics

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Polygala welwitschii Chodat appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Stuhlmann [8763], Tanzania K000231716
    Stuhlmann [8763], Tanzania K000231717

    Bibliography

    First published in Mém. Soc. Phys. Genève 31(2: 2): 340 (1893)

    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.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Fontqueria 50: 186, t. 34/e (1998).
    • Mém. Soc. Phys. Hist. Nat. Genève 31 (2): 341, t. 27/46 (1893)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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