Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial shrubs, subshrubs or twiners. Flowers somewhat resembling those of peas, in racemes or solitary; sepals unequal, the lateral pair (wings) enlarged, often petaloid, all free or the lower pair shortly connate; petals 3, or 5 with 2 of these vestigial, lower petal (keel) lobed or pouched, not crested, upper petals united at base with lower one; stamens 8; ovary 2-locular. Capsule flattened, 2-seeded; seeds hairy, usually with a coma of longer hairs near the base, sometimes extending around the margin or over the entire seed, aril not or rarely produced.

An endemic Australian genus of c. 30 species.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Polygalaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-12-12
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