Wild Florida Photo - Polygala rugelii

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Polygala rugelii

YELLOW MILKWORT

YELLOW BACHELOR'S BUTTON

Florida native

Endemic to Florida

 

A common plant of wet flatwoods that is found only in the Florida peninsula. The range extends from Dixie and Lafayette Counties in the Big Bend area to Flagler County on the east coast and southward, not including Monroe County (Everglades and the keys).
The inflorescence is a solitary thimble shaped head of tiny lemon yellow flowers. This cluster is pointed at the apex and up to 3 cm (1-1/8 in.) tall and 2.5 cm (1 in.) wide. Yellow milkwort can grow to 81 cm tall (32 in.) but is almost always much shorter. The leaves are alternate, entire and smooth, with the lower ones obovate and the upper oblanceolate or lanceolate.

 
Polygala rugelii is a member of the Polygalaceae - Milkwort family.

Other species of the Polygala genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Polygala lewtonii - LEWTON'S MILKWORT
  View  Polygala cruciata - DRUMHEADS
  View  Polygala incarnata - PROCESSION FLOWER
  View  Polygala nana - CANDYROOT
  View  Polygala lutea - ORANGE MILKWORT
  View  Polygala boykinii - BOYKIN'S MILKWORT
  View  Polygala grandiflora - SHOWY MILKWORT