Polygala petitiana A. Rich.
subsp. petitiana
var. petitiana

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Polygala petitiana subsp. petitiana var. petitiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutirikwi CL, Murray MacDougall Drive

Polygala petitiana subsp. petitiana var. petitiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutirikwi CL, Murray MacDougall Drive

Polygala petitiana subsp. petitiana var. petitiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutirikwi CL, Murray MacDougall Drive

Polygala petitiana subsp. petitiana var. petitiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mutirikwi CL, Murray MacDougall Drive

Polygala petitiana subsp. petitiana var. petitiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near dam, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

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Synonyms: var. calceolata Norl.
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Annual herb up to 90 cm long. Stems slender, hairless or almost so. Leaves linear-elliptic, sometimes very narrowly so, 2-4 cm long, with a needle-like tip, hairless. Flowers elongated terminal racemes up to 15 cm long, blue, mauve, purple, white or yellowish. Wing sepals yellowish with dark veining. Pedicels up to 3 mm long. Capsule 3-4 mm long, oblong-elliptic, very narrowly winged.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: petitiana: after Antoine Petit (?-1843), French naturalist and botanist who traveled to Ethiopia. He was killed by a crocodile in the Tacazze River in 1843.
Habitat: In Brachystegia woodland, grassland or in swamps, usually on sandy soils.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 19 February 2013
Literature:

Exell, A.W. (1960). Polygalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 334. as P. petitiana var. calceolata

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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African Plant Database: Polygala petitiana
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Ispot Southern Africa : Polygala petitiana
JSTOR Plant Science: Polygala petitiana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Polygala petitiana
Tropicos: Polygala petitiana
West African Plants database: Polygala petitiana


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 petitiana subsp. petitiana var. petitiana.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133820, retrieved 25 June 2016

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