OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

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


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polygala incarnata   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 106-01-013:
Polygala incarnata   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Galypola incarnata

 

COMMON NAME:
Pink Milkwort, Procession-flower


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image of Polygala incarnata, Pink Milkwort, Procession-flower

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_poin4_001_lvd

        

image of Polygala incarnata, Pink Milkwort, Procession-flower

Keith Bradley    kab_p_incarnata_08964

April    Collier County    FL

Big Cypress National Preserve

image of Polygala incarnata, Pink Milkwort, Procession-flower

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_incarnata_0748

May    Lincoln County    NC

The corolla is twice as long as the longest sepal, unique among the genus, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Polygala incarnata, Pink Milkwort, Procession-flower

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_incarnata_0028

June    Catawba County    NC

image of Polygala incarnata, Pink Milkwort, Procession-flower

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_incarnata_0031

June    Catawba County    NC

image of Polygala incarnata, Pink Milkwort, Procession-flower

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_incarnata_0036b

June    Catawba County    NC

Corolla nearly 3x longer than wings; borne in a slender compact raceme, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Polygala incarnata, Pink Milkwort, Procession-flower

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_incarnata

August        

Common to all milkworts are a 3-petalled corolla tube & 2 "wings" (sepals), per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

 

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polygala incarnata   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 106-01-013:
Polygala incarnata   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Galypola incarnata

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

3273

Forb
Annual

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common (rare in Mountains)

Habitat: pine savannas, woodlands, glades, upland dry prairies, fields, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

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

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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