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Polygala intermontana
INTERMOUNTAIN MILKWORT

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Family: PolygalaceaeView Description 

Common Name: MILKWORT FAMILY
Habit: [Annual] perennial herb, subshrub, shrub [tree, vine]; hairs unbranched. Leaf: simple, generally alternate (opposite or whorled); veins pinnate; margin generally +- entire; stipules generally 0. Inflorescence: raceme, spike, or panicle. Flower: bisexual, generally bilateral and +- pea-flower-like [or +- radial]; sepals 5, fused or not, lateral or inner pair generally larger and petal-like (called wings); petals 5[3], fused to stamen tube, [+- similar or] different with 1 lower keel petal, 2 strap-like upper petals, and 2[0] lateral petals; stamens 3--10, +- fused, tube open at top; ovary chambers 1--8 with 1 ovule each, style 1 or 0. Fruit: capsule [drupe or nut; occasionally winged]. Seed: often with aril.
Genera In Family: 20 genera, 1000 species: especially tropics, subtropics few cultivated.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & Thomas L. Wendt
Scientific Editor: Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: PolygalaView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: MILKWORT
Habit: Root odor generally wintergreen. Inflorescence: raceme or spike, occasionally grouped and panicle-like; cleistogamous flowers occasionally solitary. Flower: bilateral; lateral 2 sepals enlarged; petals 3 or 5, keel petal generally with cylindric beak or fringed crest at tip; stamens 6--8, anthers dehiscent at tip, appearing 1-chambered; with nectary disk or gland; ovary chambers 2, stigma 2-lobed. Fruit: capsule. Seed: fusiform or ovoid, black, generally hairy, generally with prominent white aril on 1 end.
Species In Genus: +- 500 species: tropics, temperate. Etymology: (Greek: much milk, some European species said to increase milk in cows)

Polygala intermontana T. Wendt
NATIVE
Habit: Subshrub, shrub, stiff-branched, +- open, < 10 dm, occasionally mat-like. Stem: twig hairs dense, white, appressed to irregularly ascending. Leaf: 3--25 mm, linear to obovate, hairs incurved or appressed. Inflorescence: thorn-tipped; flowers 1--7; pedicel 2.5--9 mm, glabrous. Flower: 2.5--5.2 mm; outer sepals glabrous or ciliate, occasionally sparsely hairy near tip, wings cream or +- green; keel petal beak 0 or minute. Fruit: 3.5--5.8 mm including stalk. Seed: 2.8--4.2 mm, including hairs; sparsely pubescent to glabrous; aril glabrous. Chromosomes: 2n=18.
Ecology: Pinyon/juniper woodland; Elevation: 2600--3080 m. Bioregional Distribution: SNE (Mono Co.); Distribution Outside California: to Utah, northern Arizona. Flowering Time: May--Aug
Synonyms: Polygala acanthoclada A. Gray var. intricata Eastw.
eFlora Treatment Author: Robert E. Preston & Thomas L. Wendt
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Citation for this treatment: Robert E. Preston & Thomas L. Wendt 2016. Polygala intermontana, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=39065, accessed on May 30, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 30, 2016.


Geographic subdivisions for Polygala intermontana:
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