Polygala paucifolia

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Fringed polygala
Gaywings taken at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Polygalaceae
Genus: Polygala
Species: P. paucifolia
Binomial name
Polygala paucifolia

Polygala paucifolia, known as gaywings or fringed polygala, is a perennial plant of the family Polygalaceae.

Mature plants are 3 to 6 inches tall.[1] Stems are smooth, slender and green. Leaves are clustered at the top, appearing to be whorled, but they are not. Leaflets are oblong to lanceolate — narrow at the base with a pointed tip. Leaves have an entire margin and are thin.

Flowers are pink and white, blooming in April and May.[1]

In 2011, John Richard Abbott segregated Polygala paucifolia (fringed milkwort) from the rest of Polygala, placing it in the currently-unused genus Polygaloides.[2][3]

Gaywings on Mackinac Island, Michigan


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