Polygala capillaris E. Mey.

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Polygala capillaris

Picture: Bart Wursten

Polygala capillaris

Picture: Bart Wursten

Polygala capillaris

Picture: Bart Wursten

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Common names:
Status: Native
Annual herb with wiry hairless stems, up to 50 cm. Leaves linear, 3-7 mm long. Flowers greenish-white or pale purplish in elongated terminal racemes up to 6 cm long. Capsule c. 1.5 × 1.2 mm, hairless.
Type location:
South Africa
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In wet areas.
Altitude range: Up to 1600 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Exell, A.W. (1960). Polygalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 329.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 67.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 84.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 93.

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Flora of Botswana: Polygala capillaris
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Polygala capillaris
Flora of Malawi: Polygala capillaris
Flora of Mozambique: Polygala capillaris
Flora of Zimbabwe: Polygala capillaris

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Polygala capillaris
African Plant Database: Polygala capillaris
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Polygala capillaris
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Polygala capillaris
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Polygala capillaris
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Polygala capillaris
JSTOR Plant Science: Polygala capillaris
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Polygala capillaris
Plants of the World Online: Polygala capillaris
Tropicos: Polygala capillaris
Wikipedia: Polygala capillaris

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Polygala capillaris.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133700, retrieved 23 February 2024

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