Senega incarnata (L.) J.F.B. Pastore & J.R. Abbott

Locations ofSenega incarnata (L.) J.F.B. Pastore & J.R. Abbott in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Senega incarnata (L.) J.F.B. Pastore & J.R. Abbott
Common Name
Pink Milkwort, Procession Flower
Polygala incarnata L.
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Polygala incarnata L.
Recent studies by Pastore et al. (2019, Taxon 68: 673-691) demonstrated that the New World members and Old World members of the large and non-monophyletic genus Polygala (sensu lato) are phylogenetically, morphologically, and geographically separated into two clades and cannot be considered congeneric. Since the type species of the genus is in the Old World group, the New World species (including all from Virginia) were re-assigned to the genus Senega Spach 1838 (Pastore et al., 2023, Ann. Mo. Bot. Gard. 108: 126-249).
Moist to dry woodlands, clearings, fields, and roadsides; usually in dry, compacted soils or in hardpan soils that are alternately waterlogged and dry. Frequent in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont; rare in the mountains.
Native Status

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