Polygala ohlendorfiana Eckl. & Zeyh.

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Polygala ohlendorfiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Dam 2, Nyika National Park

Polygala ohlendorfiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Dam 2, Nyika National Park

Polygala ohlendorfiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Dam 2, Nyika National Park

Polygala ohlendorfiana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Dam 2, Nyika National Park

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Status: Native
Perennial herb with annual prostrate or sprawling stems up to 20 cm long, growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves ovate to almost round, 5-15 mm long, sometimes slightly cordate at the base, hairy, particularly on the margin and midrib. Flowers in few-flowered terminal racemes, purple or pink, sometimes streaked with yellow. Capsule c. 4.5 × 4 mm, almost round, slightly winged.
Derivation of specific name: ohlendorfiana: uncertain but probably for Johann Heinrich Ohlendorff (1788-1857), German curator of the Hamburg Botanical Garden.
Habitat: In montane grassland.
Altitude range: 1800 - 2550 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa as far as the Eastern Cape.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Content last updated: Friday 22 March 2019

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 227.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 45.

Exell, A.W. (1960). Polygalaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 317.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 67.

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

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 97.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Polygala ohlendorfiana.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=133810, retrieved 13 April 2024

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