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Polygala lindheimeri (Shrubby milkwort)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Polygala lindheimeri

Polygala lindheimeri A. Gray

Shrubby Milkwort, Purple Milkwort

Polygalaceae (Milkwort Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: POLI

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This species is named after Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer (1801-1879) who is often called the Father of Texas Botany because of his work as the first permanent-resident plant collector in Texas. Lindheimer immigrated to the United States in 1834 as a political refugee. He spent from 1843-1852 collecting specimens in Texas. He settled in New Braunfels, Texas in 1844 and was granted land on the banks of the Comal River, where he continued his plant collecting and attempted to establish a botanical garden. He shared his findings with many others who shared his interest in botany, including Ferdinand von Roemer and Adolph Scheele. Lindheimer is credited with the discovery of several hundred plant species. His name is used to designate forty-eight species and subspecies of plants. He is buried in New Braunfels. His house, on Comal Street in New Braunfels, is now a museum.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov

Distribution

USA: AZ , NM , OK , TX

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX

Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Modified: 2019-10-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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