Polygala africana Chodat

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Polygala africana

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Domboshawa

Polygala africana

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

Polygala africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Polygala africana

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Besna Kobila farm, Matobo

Polygala africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila farm, Matobo

Polygala africana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila farm, Matobo

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Synonyms: Polygala capillaris E. Mey. ex Harv.
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Small branched annual herb, normally less than 15 cm high. Leaves linear to filiform, up to 5 mm. Flower in dense terminal racemes, pink. Fruit a small capsule, c. 1.2 mm in diameter.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: In boggy grassland and in seepage zones over rocks
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1700 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 13 May 2016
Literature:

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 95.

Exell, A.W. (1960). Polygalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 328 - 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.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Polygala africana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133670, retrieved 28 June 2016

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