OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Polygala nana   FAMILY Polygalaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polygala nana   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 106-01-015:
Polygala nana   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Pilostaxis nana

 

COMMON NAME:
Dwarf Milkwort, Candyroot


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image of Polygala nana, Dwarf Milkwort, Candyroot

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_pona2_001_lvd

        

image of Polygala nana, Dwarf Milkwort, Candyroot

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_nana_al_5_25_05_1

May        

Inflorescence a dense pom-pom-like raceme, terminating leafy branches, per Weakley's Flora (2012).

image of Polygala nana, Dwarf Milkwort, Candyroot

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_nana_dwarf_2

August        

Leaves typically in a basal rosette, spatulate; stem leaves smaller & few, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Polygala nana   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polygala nana   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 106-01-015:
Polygala nana   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Pilostaxis nana

 

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3050

Forb
Annual

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common in GA Coastal Plain (rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC) (historically in NC, but not recently seen)

Habitat: Longleaf pine flatwoods, other open moist areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal rosette with a few alternate stem leaves

FLOWER:
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall
Lemon yellow
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals (three small, two larger petaloid "wings")
3 petals united into a tube
6 stamens united to corolla tube in 2 rows

FRUIT:
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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