Polygala capillaris E. Mey.

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Polygala capillaris

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Polygala capillaris

Photo: Bart Wursten

Polygala capillaris

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Common names:
Annual herb with wiry hairless stems, up to 50 cm. Leaves linear, 3-7 mm long. Flowers greenish-white or pale purplish in elongated terminal racemes up to 6 cm long. Capsule c. 1.5 × 1.2 mm, hairless.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape.
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Exell, A.W. (1960). Polygalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 329.

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 Caprivi: cultivated Polygala capillaris
Flora of Malawi: Polygala capillaris
Flora of Mozambique: Polygala capillaris
Flora of Zambia: Polygala capillaris
Flora of Zimbabwe: Polygala capillaris

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Polygala capillaris
African Plant Database: Polygala capillaris
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Polygala capillaris
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Polygala capillaris
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Polygala capillaris
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iNaturalist: Polygala capillaris
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Polygala capillaris
JSTOR Plant Science: Polygala capillaris
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Polygala capillaris
Plants of the World Online: Polygala capillaris
Tropicos: Polygala capillaris
Wikipedia: Polygala capillaris

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Polygala capillaris.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133700, retrieved 30 May 2024

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