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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Zimbabwe to S. Africa.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial with slender, pilose, erect or subdecumbent sterns 5–25 cm. long produced annually from a woody rootstock.
    Leaves
    Leaves 6–20 x 1–5 mm., very narrowly elliptic or very narrowly oblong-elliptic to elliptic or oblong-elliptic, laxly pilose.
    Flowers
    Flowers purple or purple and yellow with pedicels 1 mm. long in congested terminal racemes up to 5 cm. long (sometimes subcapitate); bracts and bracteoles 1–1.2 mm. long, persistent.
    Calyx
    Posterior sepal 1.8 mm. long; wing sepals 3–4 x 1.5–1.8 mm., obliquely elliptic, rather markedly unguiculate, glabrous; anterior sepals 1.5 mm. long, free.
    Corolla
    Upper petals 3 x 1.2 mm., obliquely and irregularly oblanceolate; carina 3 x 1.5 mm., crest 1.2 mm. long.
    Stamens
    Stamens 8.
    Fruits
    Capsule c. 2.1 x 2.1 mm., suborbicular in outline, with a very narrow marginal wing, glabrous.
    Seeds
    Seeds 1.5 x 0.9 mm., ellipsoid, rather sparsely white-pubescent; caruncular appendages c. 1 mm. long, narrow.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

    Other Data

    Polygala wilmsii Chodat appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1977 Wilms, F. [45], South Africa K000231771 Unknown type material

    Bibliography

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 48: 329 (1912)

    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

    • 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