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

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

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Botanical Name
Senega lutea (L.) J.F.B. Pastore & J.R. Abbott
Common Name
Orange Milkwort, Yellow milkwort
Polygala lutea L.
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Polygala lutea 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).
Bogs, wet flatwoods, boggy clearings, low roadsides, and power-line rights-of-way. Frequent in the s. and c. Coastal Plain, rare in the outer s. Piedmont.
Native Status

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