Polygala westii Exell

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Polygala westii

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Common names:
Status: Native
Small herb less than 15 cm tall. Leaves linear-elliptic, 10-45 mm long, hairless. Flowers in lateral racemes, greenish-white. Capsule elliptic-oblong, up to 5 × 4 mm, slightly winged.
Notes: Known only from the type specimen, West 2702.
Derivation of specific name: westii: named after Oliver West, who collected the type specimen.
Habitat: Occurring in black soils.
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Worldwide distribution: Matobo area, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: W
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Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Images last updated: Saturday 5 June 2010

Exell, A.W. (1960). Polygalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 334 - 335. (Includes a picture).

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 182.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 144.

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External websites:

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

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 westii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133940, retrieved 21 July 2019

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