Polygala nyikensis Exell

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Polygala nyikensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zovo Chipolo Trail, Nyika National Park

Polygala nyikensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zovo Chipolo Trail, Nyika National Park

Polygala nyikensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zovo Chipolo Trail, Nyika National Park

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Status: Native
Perennial herb with annual, crisped-pubescent stems, 6–14 cm tall, growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves very narrowly elliptic-oblong, 5–22 mm long, somewhat pubescent when young but soon becoming hairless, apex mucronulate. Inflorescences short, somewhat congested, terminal racemes 2–5 cm long, bracts and bracteoles 1.5–2 mm long, persistent. Flowers magenta or pale mauve with pedicels up to 5 mm long. Posterior sepal 3 mm long; wing sepals obliquely elliptic, 6–7 mm long, hairless; anterior sepals 2.5 mm long, free. Upper petals broadly falcate, 5.5 mm long; carina 6 mm long, crest 2.5 mm long. Capsule suborbicular 5.5 mm long, slightly pubescent.
Derivation of specific name: nyikensis: of the Nyika Plateau in Malawi where the type specimen was collected.
Habitat: In montane grassland.
Altitude range: Up to 2300 m
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Worldwide distribution: Northern Malawi and Northeastern Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Content last updated: Wednesday 30 October 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. as Polygala nyikense

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

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 84.

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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 nyikensis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=193490, retrieved 22 April 2024

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