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Senega cruciata (Linnaeus) J.F.B. Pastore & J.R. Abbott. Subgenus: Senega. Section: Cruciatae. Drumheads. Phen: Jun-Oct. Hab: Bogs, damp or wet soil in openings. Dist: S. NJ south to s. FL, west to AR, se. OK, and e. TX; disjunct inland in se. TN.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Taxonomy Comments: See Sorrie & Weakley (2017) for a discussion supporting recognition of Polygala cruciata and Polygala aquilonia at species rank.

Synonymy: = Pastore et al (2023); = Polygala cruciata L. – K4, Sorrie & Weakley (2017a); = Polygala cruciata L. var. cruciata – F, K1; = Polygala ramosior (Nash) Small – S; < Polygala cruciata L. – Ar, C, Fl3, FNA10, G, GW2, K3, NcTx, RAB, Tat, Tn, Tx, Va, WH3; > Polygala cruciata L. var. cruciata – S13; > Polygala cruciata L. var. ramosior Nash – S13

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Great Plains: OBL (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Midwest: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)

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image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Keith Bradley | Original Image ⭷

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