Polygala erioptera DC.
subsp. erioptera

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Polygala erioptera subsp. erioptera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Main Road to Vundu Camp, Mana Pools National Park

Polygala erioptera subsp. erioptera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Main Road to Vundu Camp, Mana Pools National Park

Polygala erioptera subsp. erioptera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Main Road to Vundu Camp, Mana Pools National Park

Polygala erioptera subsp. erioptera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Main Road to Vundu Camp, Mana Pools National Park

Polygala erioptera subsp. erioptera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Main Road to Vundu Camp, Mana Pools National Park

Polygala erioptera subsp. erioptera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chamabonda Vlei, Zambezi National Park.

Polygala erioptera subsp. erioptera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chamabonda Vlei, Zambezi National Park.

Polygala erioptera subsp. erioptera

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chamabonda Vlei, Zambezi National Park.

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Synonyms: Polygala linearis R. Br.
Polygala triflora sensu Oliv.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Annual herb, branching from near the base, 10-40 cm high. Leaves linear-oblong-elliptic to narrowly oblong-elliptic, 8-30 mm long, densely crisped pubescent. Flowers solitary or in few-flowered lateral racemes up to 1 cm long, mostly greenish-white with a green stripe down the centre of the wing sepals, sometimes pale pinkish with a darker keel, wings densely pubescent. Capsule ovate-oblong in outline, up to 4 mm long, pubescent at the margins.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: erioptera: with woolly wings, referring to the densely hairy wing sepals.
Habitat: In grassland, on sandy or muddy roadsides and occasionally as a weed in cultivated ground. Mostly at lower altitudes.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, Egypt, northern South Africa and tropical Asia.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Images last updated: Friday 3 February 2017
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 227.

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

Exell, A.W. (1960). Polygalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 316.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 185. (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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 84.

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


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Flora of Botswana: Polygala erioptera subsp. erioptera
Flora of Malawi: Polygala erioptera subsp. erioptera
Flora of Mozambique: Polygala erioptera subsp. erioptera
Flora of Zambia: Polygala erioptera subsp. erioptera

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Polygala erioptera
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Polygala erioptera
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Polygala erioptera
Ispot Southern Africa: Polygala erioptera
JSTOR Plant Science: Polygala erioptera
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Polygala erioptera
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Polygala erioptera
The Plant List (version 1.1): Polygala erioptera
Tropicos: Polygala erioptera


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Polygala erioptera subsp. erioptera.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133710, retrieved 20 November 2017

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