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Polygala obscura (Velvetseed milkwort)
Anderson, Wynn

Polygala obscura

Polygala obscura Benth.

Velvetseed Milkwort

Polygalaceae (Milkwort Family)

Synonym(s): Polygala orthotricha, Polygala puberula

USDA Symbol: POOB

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Velvetseed milkwort has orchid-colored sepals and petals a shade lighter. The flowers are no more than 3/8 inch across, growing alternately on the tiny stem. Like many small flowers, these have an intricate design, and a hand lens is necessary for detailed viewing. The plant grows 6-12 inches high with alternate leaves 1 inch or more long, smooth and slightly gray-green.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Violet
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep

Distribution

USA: AZ , NM , TX

Bibliography

Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Modified: 2021-02-27
Research By: TWC Staff

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