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Learn more about Tall Milkwort from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 106-01-017:
Polygala cymosa FAMILY Polygalaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Tall Pinebarren Milkwort
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Keith Bradley kab_polygala_cymosa_76935
May Palm Beach County FL
Hungryland Wildlife and Environmental Area
Erect single-stemmed annual with leafy stem and branched inflorescence, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006).
Jerry Bright jeb_072608_045
July Charleston County SC
Francis Marion National Forest
Flowers in congested heads that terminate the branches of a showy cyme, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006).
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_polygala_cymosa_2
Mature plants typically 2-4' tall (vs. P. ramosa rarely over 18"), per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006).
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Habitat: Pond-cypress savannas, Coastal Plain depression ponds, clay-based Carolina bays, other sites with seasonally flooded hydrology, per Weakley's Flora
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Common in Coastal Plain of GA & SC, uncommon in NC
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Basal rosette (often absent or withered at flowering)
5 sepals (three small, two larger petaloid "wings")
3 petals united into a tube
6 stamens united to corolla tube in 2 rows
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006) p201
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC (Porcher & Rayner, 2001) p316
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019) p221
- Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry (Porcher, 1995) p189
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1999) p044
- Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia (Chafin, 2016) p286