Polygala

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Polygala' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/polygala/). Accessed 2019-12-07.

Family

  • Polygalaceae

Common Names

  • Milkwort

Glossary

alternate
Attached singly along the axis not in pairs or whorls.
entire
With an unbroken margin.
keel petal
(in the flowers of some legumes) The two front petals fused together to form a keel-like structure.
simple
(of a leaf) Unlobed or undivided.

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Credits

Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

Recommended citation
'Polygala' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/polygala/). Accessed 2019-12-07.

A large genus spread over both hemispheres and comprising herbaceous plants, shrubs and a few trees. Leaves alternate, simple, entire; flowers in racemes or spikes; sepals five, the three outer ones small, the two inner ones enlarged and petal-like, forming the 'wings' of the flower; petals usually three, united to one another to some extent and forming a keel; stamens commonly eight, united to form a tube. The name is derived from the Greek polys-gala, meaning much milk, some species being supposed to increase the flow of milk in cows.

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