Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae

Polygalaceae - Milkwort family

Exell, A.W. (1960) Polygalaceae FZ 1(1)

Leistner, O.A. (2005) Seed plants of southern tropical Africa: families and genera SABONET Report No. 26 SABONET, Pretoria

Description of the family

Small trees, shrubs or perennial or annual herbs. Stipules usually 0, but sometimes present and if so, small and gland-like. Leaves alternate (in ours), simple, entire. Sepals 5; two lateral ones often petal-like (wings); two anterior ones sometimes joined. Petals 3-5. Stamens 5-8; filaments usually united in a slit tube. Ovary superior, 1- or 2-locular. Fruit (in ours) a capsule or a samara.

Worldwide: 17 genera and 950 species, ± cosmopolitan, but not in the W Pacific.

Zimbabwe: 4 genera and 32 taxa.

Polygala africana

More sample images from the Polygalaceae (Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record)

Polygala africana

Polygala africana

Polygala ohlendorfiana

Polygala ohlendorfiana

Polygala sphenoptera

Polygala sphenoptera

Polygala virgata var. decora

Polygala virgata var. decora

Securidaca longepedunculata

Securidaca longepedunculata

Links to genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

GenusContent
Carpolobia G. DonDescription
Muraltia DC.Description
Polygala L.Description, Image
Securidaca L.Description, Image

Key to Genera

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Other sources of information about Polygalaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Polygalaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Polygalaceae
Flora of Zambia: Polygalaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Polygalaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Family page: Polygalaceae.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=180, retrieved 23 September 2014

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