Polygala adamsonii Exell

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Polygala adamsonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Namuli peak, Serra de Gurue.

Polygala adamsonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Plateau below Namuli peak, Serra de Gurue.

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Herb up to c. 35 cm tall. Stems very slender, crisped pubescent. Leaves linear-lanceolate, 5-7 mm long hairless, apex with a needle-like point; margin somewhat rolled under. Flowers bright pink, in 1-5-flowered lateral racemes on pedicels 3-4 mm long. Capsule suborbicular in outline, c.5.5 × 5 mm, hairless with a narrowly winged margin.
Notes: Although described as possibly annual, the specimen in the photographs appeared to be perennial.
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Habitat: Little known. Although the specimen in the photographs was found in an undisturbed seepage area of rocky montane grassland, it has also been recorded from cultivated fields (Exell, 1960).
Altitude range: 1300 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from Mt Mulanje, Malawi and Serra de Guruè in Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: Z
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Content last updated: Tuesday 18 September 2012

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 95.

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 91.

Exell, A.W. (1960). Polygalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 314.

Strugnell, A.M. (2002). Endemics of Mt. Mulanje. The endemic spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Systematics and Geography of Plants 72 Page 21.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 154.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Polygala adamsonii.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=177060, retrieved 20 April 2024

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