Racemed Milkwort / Small Gaywing
Southern Bitter Milkwort - Purple Milkwort
Polygala polygama - Walter
Polygalaceae (Milkwort) Family

Racemed Milkwort is an upright perennial or biennial. Its preferred habitat is dry pine and oak woodlands, and dune areas. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The open racemes of this milkwort are similar to those of P. grandiflora, but the narrower wings and the fringed petals help to identify the species. Each flower is about 1/4 inch broad. The loose raceme are well-spaced and distinctly colored (rose-purple to white). Each flower petal has a tiny tiny fringe on the margin. The largest sepal is twice as long as wide. Flowers occur in the summer.

The leaves are alternate on the stem, to 7 mm wide. The margins are revolute and well distributed on the stem.

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