Polygala hottentotta C. Presl

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Polygala hottentotta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Serpentine hill behind Valley of Kings, Mutare

Polygala hottentotta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Serpentine hill behind Valley of Kings, Mutare

Polygala hottentotta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Serpentine hill behind Valley of Kings, Mutare

Polygala hottentotta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Dyke, nr Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

Polygala hottentotta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Dyke, nr Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

Polygala hottentotta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Great Dyke, nr Kopje Tops, Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

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Synonyms: Polygala abyssinica sensu Gibbs
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, up to c 60 cm tall. Stems arching, wiry, sparsely branched, hairless or minutely pubescent. Leaves alternate, widely spaced, linear, 1-4 cm long, hairless or sparsely pubescent; margin entire. Inflorescences in fairly laxly many-flowered terminal racemes up to 20 cm long. Flowers yellowish-white, pink or purple, with conspicuous darker veining. Capsule, 4-5 mm long, obliquely obovate-elliptic, hairless; margin narrowly winged.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: hottentotta: referring the region of the South African Cape known as the land of the Hottentots or Khoi-khoi.
Habitat: In grassland and woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1830 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 15 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 325 - 326.

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Pages 218 - 219. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 322. (Includes a picture).

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.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 404 - 405. (Includes a picture).

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

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 228 - 229. (Includes a picture).


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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 hottentotta.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133740, retrieved 26 September 2016

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