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Family: Polygalaceae
Polygala isingii

Citation: Pedley, J. Adelaide Bot. Gard. 3:128, fig. 1 (1981).

Synonymy: P. chinensis L. var. squatrosa sensu Ising, Trans. R.Soc. S. Aust. 81:168 (1958), auct. non (Benth.)Domin.

Common name: None

Prostrate herb, sometimes densely branched and rounded, branchlets with spreading hairs to 1 mm and shorter curved hairs; leaves broadly obovate or oblong, obtuse or retuse, 5-18 mm long, 3-9 mm wide, with long spreading hairs towards the margins.

Flowers in short axillary racemes, c. 3.5 mm long, sepals with long spreading hairs; outer sepals 1-1.5 mm long; petals purple or purple and yellow; lateral petals obovate, about as long as the keel, with hairs at the base of the staminal tube; keel with 4-6 repeatedly forked appendages; staminal filaments free m the upper third; ovary oblong, emarginate; style curved, hooked at the end.

Capsule somewhat asymmetric, with a narrow ciliate wing, notched at the apex; seeds black, obovoid, c. 3.5 mm long, pilose.

image of FSA2_Polygala_isi.jpg Polygala isingii twig.
Image source: fig 418b in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  Restricted to central Australia, widespread but rare on gravelly or shallow soils on hills, sometimes on sandy soil in hummock grassland.

  W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Mainly March — Oct.

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