Sunday, August 8, 2010

Racemed Milkwort (Polygala polygama)

Polygala polygama is known by the common names Racemed Milkwort and Southern Bitter Milkwort. At home it grows in the grass in an open field. At Fort Yargo State Park, I’ve seen several plants blooming along the lake shore at Picnic Ground #2 (segment 15).

Plants growing in the grass in a open field at home.

A closer view.

An individual plant.

A cluster of flowering plants under pine trees at the shoreline of the lake in Fort Yargo State Park (segment 15).

Flowers along the stalk.

An individual flower, up close.

Polygala polygama
(Racemed Milkwort) is native to the eastern United States and Canada.

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Distribution Map:

- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Polygala polygama (Racemed Milkwort)

- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Polygala polygama

Identification resources:

- Southeastern Flora: Racemed Milkwort (Polygala polygama)

Natural and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Polygala polygama
- Alabama Plants: Polygala polygama

Related posts:
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index

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