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Senega nana (Michaux) J.F.B. Pastore & J.R. Abbott. Subgenus: Senega. Section: Decurrentes. Dwarf Milkwort, Candyroot. Phen: Dec-Jun (-Oct). Hab: Longleaf pine flatwoods, other open (sometimes disturbed) moist areas. Dist: E. GA south to s. FL, west to e. TX, with scattered populations inland to n. SC, w. NC, nw. GA, n. AL, c. TN (Chester, Wofford, & Kral 1997), and ne. MS.

ID notes: The roots of this species have a candy-like smell.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Synonymy: = Pastore et al (2023); = Pilostaxis nana (Michx.) Raf. – S; = Polygala nana (Michx.) DC. – Ar, Fl3, FNA10, GW2, K1, K3, K4, RAB, S13, Tn, Tx, WH3, Smith & Ward (1976); = Pylostachya nana (Michx.) Raf.

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW (name change)
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FAC (name change)

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image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan M. Cressler | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Polygala nana, near Biggins Pond, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Wakulla County, Florida 1 by Alan Cressler source

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