Polygala ambigua Nuttall. Phen: Jun-Sep. Hab: Fields, woodlands, openings. Dist: ME west to MI, south to GA, AL, and OK.
Origin/Endemic status: Native
Taxonomy Comments: Through most of its range P. ambigua has wings 1.3-1.7 mm long; plants from se. VA south to SC and from the Ozarks have wings 2.0-2.6 mm long. These plants have been named as a variety of P. verticillata, var. dolichoptera Fernald. They may warrant taxonomic recognition, but need additional study, including resolution of our Coastal Plain plants and those of the Ozarks.
Synonymy: = C, G, Il, K1, K3, K4, NE, S, Tn; = Polygala verticillata L. var. ambigua (Nutt.) Wood – GrPl, Pa, RAB, Tx; < Polygala verticillata L. – FNA10, W, Miller (1971b) et al. (2012); > Polygala verticillata L. var. ambigua (Nutt.) Wood – F, WV; > Polygala verticillata L. var. dolichoptera Fernald – F, WV