Small Purple Broom   
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Small Purple Broom
aturalized Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Small Purple Broom
Botanical name: Polygala hottentotta    Family: Polygalaceae (Milkwort family)

Small Purple Broom is a perennial herb, up to about 2 ft tall. Stems are arching, wiry, sparsely branched, hairless or minutely velvety. Leaves are alternate, widely spaced, linear, 1-4 cm long, hairless or sparsely velvety, margin entire. Flowers are borne in in fairly laxly many-flowered terminal racemes up to 20 cm long. Flowers are yellowish-white, pink or purple, with prominent darker veining. Capsule is 4-5 mm long, obliquely obovate-elliptic, hairless, margin narrowly winged. Small Purple Broom is native to Africa, probably naturalized in India.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Chakrata, Uttarakhand.
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