Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Fabales

Polygalaceae - Milkwort family

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

Leistner, O.A. (2005) Seed plants of southern tropical Africa: families and genera SABONET Report No. 26 SABONET, Pretoria

Description of the family

Small trees, shrubs or perennial or annual herbs. Stipules usually 0, but sometimes present and if so, small and gland-like. Leaves alternate (in ours), simple, entire. Sepals 5; two lateral ones often petal-like (wings); two anterior ones sometimes joined. Petals 3-5. Stamens 5-8; filaments usually united in a slit tube. Ovary superior, 1- or 2-locular. Fruit (in ours) a capsule or a samara.

Worldwide: 17 genera and 950 species, ± cosmopolitan, but not in the W Pacific.

Zambia: 3 genera and 40 taxa.

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GenusContent
Carpolobia G. DonDescription
Polygala L.Description
Securidaca L.Description

Other sources of information about Polygalaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Polygalaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Polygalaceae
Flora of Malawi: Polygalaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Polygalaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Polygalaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Polygalaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Polygalaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Polygalaceae
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Polygalaceae.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=180, retrieved 22 November 2017

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