Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Polygala paucifolia Willd. image
Photographer: Robert Bierman           

Botanical Illustration

Caroline A. Creevey

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Matthew L. Wagner

Matthew L. Wagner

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Robert Bierman

Janice Stiefel

Janice Stiefel
Family Polygalaceae
Polygala paucifolia Willd.
flowering-wintergreen, fringed polygala, gay-wings
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
paucifolia: with little foliage, literally "few-leaved"
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 3"-6" tall, evergreen forb; stems usually solitary; colony-forming rhizomes from small tubers
Flower: rose-purple to white, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" wide, about as wide as long, 5 petal-like sepals with the 3 inner ones small and the 2 outer ones very large and wing-like; inflorescence of 1-4 long-stalked flowers in a very short, terminal cluster (raceme); blooms May-June
Leaf:lower scale-like, 3-6 oval to elliptical ones near the top
Habitat: moderate moisture to moist; forests

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Triclisperma paucifolia (Willd.) Nieuwl.

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