Polygala glaucoides L., Sp. Pl. 705 1753. (syn: Polygala confusa Hassk.; Polygala dura Wight ex Wall.; Polygala elongata Klein ex Willd.; Polygala eumekes Hassk.; Polygala heterotricha Zipp. ex Span.; Polygala humilis Span.; Polygala macrostachya Hassk.);
Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Laos, W-Sumatra, Singapore (I), Java, Lesser Sunda Isl.
(Timor), Sulawesi, India (Bihar, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra,
Goa, Daman & Diu, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala), Thailand, Lakshadweep Isl.
(Laccadives) as per Catalogue of Life;
Narrow-Leaved Milkwort • Tamil: Peria-nankai, Periya nangai;
As raceme is long, I feel it may be Polygala elongata Klein ex Willd. (syn. of Polygala glaucoides L.) Also lateral petal seems to be obovate as in this species and not orbicular as in Polygala arvensis Willd.
Flora of Eastern Ghats: Hill Ranges of South East India, Volume 1 By T. Pullaiah, D. Muralidhara Rao, K. Sri Ramamurthy (2002- Description & Keys- P. furcata, javana, persicariifolia, telephioides (now syn. of Polygala chinensis var. chinensis ), chinensis, buxiformis, bulbothrix, erioptera, wightiana, rosmarinifolia, linarifolia, arvensis & elongata)
Erect herbs. Leaves 0.5-2.5 x 0.2-0.4 cm, linear-lanceolate, apiculate, bracts persistent. Racemes axillary, to 7 cm long, usually drooping, glabrous; flowers yellow; sepals persistent. Capsule slightly winged, 5 x 4 mm, caruncle cup shaped, 3 appendaged above; seeds hairy.
Flowering and fruiting: July-January
Among sedges and grasses in scrub jungles
India and Sri Lanka
Came across this Polygala sp. on the way to Prabalgad.
Leaves seems to be linear oblong with a sharp point at the apex.
Date/Time: 14-08-2010 / 12:10PM
Location: Thakurwadi (On the way to Prabalgad)
Plant Habit: Erect herb, around 15 to 20 cm
Leaves: Alternate, sessile, 2 to 3.5cm
I think this is Polygala elongata Klein Ex. Willd commonly known as Narrow-Leaved Milkwort
I think u r right. I too was thinking in the same direction. Lets wait for few more inputs. Thanks
I am also in a mood to get validation, I am quite sure that I have a good possibility of being correct.
Yes to P. elongata.
Polygala elongata Klein ex Willd SN Oct 19 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (4).
Polygala elongata Klein ex Willd
Small erect herb in rainfed land near Denkanikota, Krishnagiri Dt Tamilnadu.
On 21/9/08 in Hyderabad, AP. I hope Id is correct.
ID190809phk1 – indiantreepix | Google Groups : 3 images.
Small herb, height up to 5 -6 inches
Photographed at Sagargad, Alibag
I too had come across one similar type of herb at “Galana Fort” in Dhule region. I am enclosing my photographs. I am not too sure, but just trying to recollect that some one mentioning that this could be some sp. of “polygala”. may be Polygala elongata. Our friends can comment on this..
… few months back I had queried for a plant similar to this one, which I had found growing in a untended lawn. The flowers just about 3 – 4 mm would hardly remain over an hour.
¿ Stylanthes (hamata) ?
… TYPO !!!!
¿ Stylosanthes hamata ?
It is polygala arvensis– Polygalaceae
i think the pix posted by … is some Crotalaria species may be C. linifolia
the pic posted by … is certainly Polygala arvensis.
please correct me if i am incorrect
There is quite a lot of confusion between Polygala elongata Klein ex Willd. and Polygala arvensis Willd. as both species appear to be quite close.
Keys are available at
Flora of Eastern Ghats: Hill Ranges of South East India, Volume 1 By T. Pullaiah, D. Muralidhara Rao, K. Sri Ramamurthy (2002)
As raceme is long, I feel it may be Polygala elongata Klein ex Willd. Also lateral petal seems to be obovate as in this species and not orbicular as in Polygala arvensis Willd. as per Flora of Peninsular India
it is Polygala chinensis
Thanks, … But Polygala glomerata (syn: P. chinensis) is different as per images and details herein.
Now I am sure of its id as Polygala glaucoides (syn: Polygala elongata Klein ex Willd.) as per images and details herein.
yes it is Polygala elongata Klein ex Willd. it is very common here in E.ghats