Senega polygama (Walt.) J.F.B. Pastore & J.R. Abbott

Locations ofSenega polygama (Walt.) J.F.B. Pastore & J.R. Abbott in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Senega polygama (Walt.) J.F.B. Pastore & J.R. Abbott
Common Name
Racemed Milkwort
Polygala polygama Walt.
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Polygala polygama Walt.
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).
Dry, rocky or sandy woodlands and clearings. Infrequent in the mountains; rare in the Piedmont and inner Coastal Plain.
Native Status

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