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Polygala abyssinica R.Br. ex Fresen. in Mus. Senck. 2:273. 1837. Bennett, l.c.202; Collett. l.c. 44; Bamber, l.c. 283. Jafri, l.c. 190; Quraishi and Khan, l.c. 97.

Polygala abyssinica

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

  • Polygala abyssinica var. gerardiana (Hassk.) Chodat
  • Polygala gerardiana Wall. ex Hassk.

    Perennial, glabrescent, suffruticose, (2-)20-45 cm tall. Stems many from base. Lower leaves smaller, obovate or oblong; upper leaves linear or linear-lanceolate, acute-acuminate, 6-19 mm long, 0.5-3 mm broad, recurved. Racemes terminal, lax, 20-30 mm long. Bracts deciduous. Sepals persistent, glabrous; outer sepals unequal, narrowly hyaline margined; inner sepals obovate, 4-4.5 mm long, 3-3.5 mm broad, slightly oblique, enlarged in fruit, 3-nerved, veinlets anastomosing. Lateral petals much shorter than keel; keel 4 mm long, crest large. Capsule obovate, emarginate, 3-4 mm long, 2-2.5 mm broad, wing 0.5 mm. Seed oblong, pilose, strophiole 3-lobed, 2-appendiculate, appendages minute.

    Fl. Per.: March-Sept.

    Type: Described from Simen Province in Ethiopia from Henry Salt’s Collection.

    Distribution: Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Himalayas: from Murree to Kumaon.

    Very common throughout the country, usually in dry rocky places, up to 2500 m alt. s.m.


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