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Polygala acanthoclada

Polygala acanthoclada A. Gray

Desert Milkwort, Desert Polygala, Thorny Milkwort, Thorny Polygala

Polygalaceae (Milkwort family)


USDA Symbol: POAC2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub , Shrub
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 40 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Habitat: Desert scrub, Joshua-tree or pinyon-juniper woodlands, generally in sandy or gravelly soil.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Polygala acanthoclada in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Polygala acanthoclada in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Polygala acanthoclada


Record Modified: 2020-12-21
Research By: CBR

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