Polygala glochidata

Kunth in A. von Humboldt et al.

Nov. Gen. Sp. 5(fol.): 313; 5(qto.): 400. 1823.

Common names: Glochidiate milkwort
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 10.

Herbs annual, single-stemmed, 1–3 dm, unbranched or branched throughout; from taproot or fibrous root cluster. Stems erect, pubescent or subglabrous, hairs spreading. Leaves whorled, at least proximally; sessile or subsessile; blade narrowly oblanceolate-spatulate to linear or scalelike, 3–25 × 0.5–2(–5) mm, base cuneate, apex rounded or acute, surfaces pubescent. Racemes cylindric, 1–3 × 0.5 cm; peduncle to 1 cm; bracts deciduous, narrowly ovate. Pedicels 0.5–1 mm, glabrous. Flowers pink, purple, or white, 2.5–4.5 mm; sepals ovate to elliptic, 0.5–1 mm; wings mostly elliptic, to ovate or obovate, 3–5 × 2–3 mm, apex acute or obtuse; keel 2.7–3.8 mm, crest 2-parted with 2–4 entire or 2-fid lobes on each side. Capsules ellipsoid, 1.5–2 × 1 mm, margins not winged. Seeds 0.7–1.1 mm, pubescent, hairs glochidiate; aril vestigial or, rarely, to 0.1 mm, unlobed.

Phenology: Flowering summer–late fall.
Habitat: Grasslands, montane slopes, near ephemeral springs or seeps.
Elevation: 1000–1800 m.


Ariz., Mexico (Aguascalientes, Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Durango, Guanajuato, Jalisco, México, Michoacán, Sonora, Tabasco, Veracruz), West Indies, Central America, South America.


Polygala glochidata occurs in Cochise, Pima, and Santa Cruz counties.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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J. Richard Abbott +
Kunth in A. von Humboldt et al. +
Glochidiate milkwort +
Ariz. +, Mexico (Aguascalientes +, Baja California Sur +, Chihuahua +, Durango +, Guanajuato +, Jalisco +, México +, Michoacán +, Sonora +, Tabasco +, Veracruz) +, West Indies +, Central America +  and South America. +
1000–1800 m. +
Grasslands, montane slopes, near ephemeral springs or seeps. +
Flowering summer–late fall. +
Nov. Gen. Sp. +
Polygala glochidata +
Polygala +
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