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Polygala smallii

Polygala smallii R.R. Sm. & Ward

Small's Milkwort, Tiny Milkwort, Tiny Polygala

Polygalaceae (Milkwort family)

Synonym(s): Polygala arenicola, Pylostachya arenicola

USDA Symbol: POSM3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 4 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Usually yellow, sometimes greenish yellow.


Native Distribution: Listed as endangered in the United States.
Native Habitat: Pine rocklands, scrub, sandhills, open coastal spoil piles.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Threatened & Endangered Status

USFWS Species Profile: Q2GW
Status: Endangered
Historic Range: U.S.A. (FL)
Critical Habitat: N/A
Special Rules: N/A
This information is derived from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Serrvice Environmental Conservation Online System.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACU
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 42 - Florida Natural Areas Inventory Field Guides (2001) Florida Natural Areas Inventory Field Guides

Additional resources

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


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

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