Polygala spicata Chodat

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Polygala spicata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Muvumodzi Valley near Eastern Lakes, Eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Polygala spicata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Muvumodzi Valley near Eastern Lakes, Eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Polygala spicata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Muvumodzi Valley near Eastern Lakes, Eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Polygala spicata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Muvumodzi Valley near Eastern Lakes, Eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Polygala spicata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Muvumodzi Valley near Eastern Lakes, Eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Polygala spicata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Muvumodzi Valley near Eastern Lakes, Eastern Chimanimani Mts.

Polygala spicata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Muvumodzi Valley near Eastern Lakes, Eastern Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms: Polygala capillaris E. Mey. var. angolensis Oliv.
Polygala schlechteri Schinz
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Annual herb up to 40 cm tall with slender, wiry, hairless stems. Leaves linear to lorate, 5–8 mm long, hairless, often scarcely developed, sometimes slightly wider at the extreme base of the stem. Flowers small, white or pale greenish-yellow, pedicels 0.5–1 mm long, in many-flowered terminal racemes up to 10 cm long; rhachis hairless and threadlike. Posterior sepal 1 mm long; wing sepals broadly elliptic to rotund, 2–2.5 mm long, hairless; anterior sepals 1 mm long, free. Upper petals broadly elliptic, 1.3 mm long. Stamens 8. Capsules suborbicular in outline, c. 1 mm in diameter, hairless.
Type location:
Angola
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: spicata: arranged in a spike.
Habitat: Boggy grasslands
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Mozambique, Zambia,Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 4 January 2018
Literature:

Exell, A.W. (1960). Polygalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 326.

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.

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Flora of Mozambique: Polygala spicata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Polygala spicata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Polygala spicata
African Plant Database: Polygala spicata
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Polygala spicata
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Polygala spicata
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Polygala spicata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Polygala spicata
The Plant List (version 1.1): Polygala spicata
Tropicos: Polygala spicata


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Polygala spicata.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133900, retrieved 19 July 2018

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