Senega ramosa (Ell.) J.F.B. Pastore & J.R. Abbott

Locations ofSenega ramosa (Ell.) J.F.B. Pastore & J.R. Abbott in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Senega ramosa (Ell.) J.F.B. Pastore & J.R. Abbott
Common Name
Low Pine Barren Milkwort
Polygala ramosa Ell.
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Polygala ramosa Ell.
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, sphagnous swales, and wet flatwoods. Rare, inner Coastal Plain of se. Virginia; collected historically in Greensville and Sussex counties but has not been seen since 1949.
Native Status

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