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.

Mozambique: 3 genera and 31 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: cultivated Polygalaceae
Flora of Zambia: 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: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Family page: Polygalaceae.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=180, retrieved 20 September 2017

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