Oriental Milkwort
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Oriental Milkwort
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Oriental Milkwort
Botanical name: Polygala tatarinowii    Family: Polygalaceae (Milkwort family)
Synonyms: Salomonia martinii, Semeiocardium hamiltonii

Oriental Milkwort is an annual, hairless, erect herb, 2.5-8 cm tall. Stem is very slender, vertically ribbed. Leaves are roundish or spoon-shaped, mucronate, 7-40 mm long, 4-20 mm broad, stalk 3-10 mm, sparsely hairy above, ciliate. Flowers are borne in racemes at branch ends, dense, 7-52 mm, peduncle 3-15 mm long, subtended by 2-3 leaves. Flowers are 3 mm long. Bracts deciduous. Sepals deciduous, rugose; outer sepals equal, inner sepals orbicular-spathulate, 3-nerved, veinlets not anastomosing. Lateral petals are longer than keel; keel 2 mm long, split at the apex, rugose. Capsule discoid, emarginate, 2-2.75 mm long, 2-3 mm broad, rugose, glabrous. Oriental Milkwort is found in China and Himalayas, at altitudes of 1300-3000 m. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Chakrata, Uttarakhand.
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