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  1. Family: Polygalaceae Hoffmanns. & Link
    1. Genus: Polygala Tourn. ex L.
      1. Polygala westii Exell

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Central Namibia, W. Zimbabwe, E. North-West Province.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Herb 10–12 cm. tall, stems minutely crisped-pubescent, branchlets arcuate-ascendant.
    Leaves
    Leaves 10–45 x 1.5–4mm., linear-elliptic, glabrous.
    Flowers
    Flowers greenish, pedicels 1.5 mm. long, in lateral racemes 3.5 cm. long with almost glabrous rhachis and caducous bracts and bracteoles.
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal 2 mm. long; wing sepals 4 x 2 mm., elliptic, with minutely ciliolate margin otherwise glabrous, apparently greenish-white in colour; anterior sepals apparently connate almost to the apex but coming apart rather readily, 1.5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Capsule 4.5–5 x 3.5–4 mm. elliptic-oblong, clearly broader than the wing sepals, margin with a narrow wing 0.2–0.5 mm. broad.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2 x 1.2 mm., cylindric, with white, silky hairs; caruncle 0.7 mm. long with appendages 0.3 mm. long.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Namibia, Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

    Other Data

    Polygala westii Exell appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Bol. Soc. Brot., sér. 2, 31: 13 (1957)

    Accepted by

    • Bester, S.P. & Rodrigues de Paiva, J.A. (2015). The first record of Polygala westii (Polygalaceae) for South Africa (North-West Province) and a key to the southern African Polygala species in section Tetraepalae Phytotaxa 202: 198-206.
    • 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

    • Bester, S.P. & Rodrigues de Paiva, J.A. (2015). The first record of Polygala westii (Polygalaceae) for South Africa (North-West Province) and a key to the southern African Polygala species in section Tetraepalae Phytotaxa 202: 198-206.
    • 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.

    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