Yellow Polygala - Low Pinebarren Milkwort
Polygala ramosa
Polygalaceae (Milkwort) Famil
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Plant is an upright, smooth biennial with numerous stems from the base. Preferred habitat is savannas and rich pine woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are in a basal rosette and alternate on the stem; basal leaves slightly lance-like and widest at the middle, but may sometimes appear spatula-like with stem leaves linear; has no teeth and no lobes.

Flowers are in a terminal, flat-topped cluster; bisexual; irregular in shape; five sepals with two stalked and yellowish-green in color; corolla is fringed at the tip and yellowish-green; six stamens. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.

Fruit is a capsule.

The related P. Cymosa is similar, but the stems are usually solitary and the corolla is not fringed.

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