Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


  Polygala incarnata L. image
Photographer: Kitty Kohout           

James R. Sime
Family Polygalaceae
Polygala incarnata L.
pink milkwort, procession flower
Polygala: from Greek polys, "many or much," and gala, "milk," since it was thought that the presence of some of the species in a pasture increased the yield of milk
incarnata: Latin for "flesh" sometimes for flesh color of flowers
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Status: Endangered
Plant: erect, annual, 8"-24" tall forb; stems mostly solitary, smooth
Flower: pink to pale rose, 5-parted, 1/3" long, almost twice as long as wide, 5 petal-like sepals with the 3 inner ones small and the 2 outer ones large and wing-like; inflorescence a 1/3"-1 1/2" dense cluster (raceme); blooms June-Aug.
Fruit:hairy
Leaf:linear, alternate
Habitat: dry; upland woods, barrens, prairies
(Glossary)

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Synonyms 
Galypola incarnata (L.) Nieuwl.

         
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