Wild Florida Photo - Polygala boykinii

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Polygala boykinii

BOYKIN'S MILKWORT

Florida native

 

A perennial herb of rockland pinelands, wet prairies and flatwoods along the west coast of Florida from Miami-Dade to Taylor County, also Leon, Gadsden and Jackson Counties. The range includes southwest Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, plus two counties in central Tennessee.
The inflorescence consists of terminal cylindrical spikes of small greenish-white flowers with three fused petals, the lower petal fringed. Stems to 64 cm (25 in.) tall with whorled, linear to elliptic leaves, the lower ones reduced. Fruit a spherical capsule.

 
Polygala boykinii 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 rugelii - YELLOW MILKWORT
  View  Polygala grandiflora - SHOWY MILKWORT


Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.


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