Polygala gazensis Baker f.

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Polygala gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Polygala gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Globe Rock, Vumba

Polygala gazensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Above Mermaids Falls, Aberfoyle

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Synonyms: Polygala teretifolia L. f.
Common names:
Frequency: Common in Eastern Highlands
Status: Native
Ericoid shrub or subshrub, up to 2 m, sometimes sprawling. Leaves narrowly elliptic, c. 2.5 cm, crowded along the stems, pubescent; margins somewhat rolled under but underside visible. Flowers in short 2-5-flowered racemes mauve, purple or violet-pink, rarely white.
Derivation of specific name: gazensis: of Gazaland, usually a historic name for Southern Mozambique but in this case the type was collected in Eastern Zimbabwe.
Habitat: A species of riverine and evergreen forest margins, also found in rocky areas of mist-belt Brachystegia woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 590 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E,S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 45. As Polygala teretifolia

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.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 250.

Exell, A.W. (1960). Polygalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 313 - 314. Also as Polygala teretifolia (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.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 97.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Polygala gazensis
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Polygala gazensis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133730, retrieved 26 May 2024

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