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Senega polygama (Walter) J.F.B. Pastore & J.R. Abbott. Subgenus: Senega. Section: Cleistogamae. Bitter Milkwort, Racemed Milkwort. Phen: May-Jul; Jun-Jul. Hab: Longleaf pine sandhills, woodlands, woodland borders. Dist: NS, ON, and MN south to s. FL and TX.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: Two varieties are sometimes recognized in this species in Polygala (var. obtusata and polygama).

Synonymy: = Pastore et al (2023); = n/a – Tat; = Polygala polygama Walter – Fl3, FNA10, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NE, Pa, RAB, S13, Tn, Tx, Va, W, WH3; > Polygala aboriginum Small – S; > Polygala polygama Walter – S; > Polygala polygama Walter var. obtusata – C, F, G, Il, NcTx, WV; > Polygala polygama Walter var. polygama – C, F, G

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACU (name change)
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: UPL (name change)
  • Great Plains: FACU (name change)
  • Midwest: FACU (name change)
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FACU (name change)

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Polygala polygama, cleistogamous flowers, Talbot County, Georgia 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Polygala polygama, Talbot County, Georgia 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
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