Polygala sphenoptera Fresen.

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Polygala sphenoptera

Photo: Bart Wursten
4km before Wengezi junction coming from Chimanimani

Polygala sphenoptera

Photo: Bart Wursten
4km before Wengezi junction coming from Chimanimani

Polygala sphenoptera

Photo: Bart Wursten
4km before Wengezi junction coming from Chimanimani

Polygala sphenoptera

Photo: Bart Wursten
4km before Wengezi junction coming from Chimanimani

Polygala sphenoptera

Photo: Bart Wursten
4km before Wengezi junction coming from Chimanimani

Polygala sphenoptera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank Botanical Reserve

Polygala sphenoptera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank Botanical Reserve

Polygala sphenoptera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank Botanical Reserve

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Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Shrubby annual or perennial herb, up to 60(100) cm tall. Leaves variable from very narrowly elliptic to elliptic-oblong, 2-8 cm long, from nearly hairless to crisped pubescent; margin entire, sometimes rolled under, particularly in drier areas. Inflorescences in lateral racemes c. 5-8 cm long. Flowers pink to purplish with wing sepals more or less yellowish, often with a distinctly purple-tinged margin. Capsule 4-6 mm long, broadly oblong, narrowly winged at the margin.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Various woodland and grassland habitats.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1300 m
Flowering time:Nov - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Through the eastern half of Africa from Ethiopia to Mpumalanga, South Africa. Also in DRC.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 2 September 2011
Literature:

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29. As Polygala sphenoptera sphenoptera

Exell, A.W. (1960). Polygalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 315 - 316. (Includes a picture).

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

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


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Flora of Botswana: Polygala sphenoptera
Flora of Malawi: Polygala sphenoptera
Flora of Mozambique: Polygala sphenoptera
Flora of Zambia: Polygala sphenoptera

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Polygala sphenoptera
African Plant Database: Polygala sphenoptera
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Polygala sphenoptera
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Polygala sphenoptera
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Polygala sphenoptera
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Polygala sphenoptera
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Polygala sphenoptera
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Polygala sphenoptera
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Polygala sphenoptera
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Polygala sphenoptera
Ispot Southern Africa: Polygala sphenoptera
JSTOR Plant Science: Polygala sphenoptera
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Polygala sphenoptera
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Polygala sphenoptera
The Plant List (version 1.1): Polygala sphenoptera
Tropicos: Polygala sphenoptera


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Polygala sphenoptera.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133890, retrieved 19 May 2019

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