Short Milkwort - Low Pinebarren Milkwort
(Ramosa Milkwort - Short Polygala)
Polygala ramosa
Polygalaceae (Candy Root) Family

The plants are upright, smooth biennial with numerous stems from the base. Its preferred habitat is savannas, pine lands and bogs. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are in a basal rosette and stem leaves are alternate. The basal leaves are elliptic to spatulate and the stem leaves are linear, no teeth and no lobes.

Flowers are a flat-top cluster at the end of the stem. Each flower is bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. There are 5 sepals, with 2 appearing petal-like. The color is yellowish-green or nearly orange. The corolla is fringed at the apex, also yellowish-green, 6 stamens. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

A near identical plant, P. cymosa, is similar but the stems are usually solitary and the corolla is not fringed.

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