Polygala erioptera DC., Prodr. 1: 326 1824. (Syn: Polygala arabica Edgew.; Polygala erioptera f. fallax Roberty; Polygala leptorhiza DC.; Polygala linearis R. Br.; Polygala multibracteata Wall.; Polygala noucherensis Cambess.; Polygala nubica Hochst. ex Chod. (ambiguous synonym); Polygala nubica Hochst. ex Oliver (ambiguous synonym); Polygala obtusata DC.; Polygala oligantha A. Rich.; Polygala paniculata Forsk.; Polygala paulayana Vierh.; Polygala retusa Hochst. ex Chod. (ambiguous synonym); Polygala retusa Hochst. ex Oliver (ambiguous synonym); Polygala schimperi Hassk.; Polygala serpyllifolia Wight; Polygala tomentosa Vahl ex DC.; Polygala triflora Oliver);
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Polygala erioptera:
Polygala erioptera
At Satara,Maharashtra
18 June,2011

Polygala erioptera:
Polygala erioptera*
Family : Polygalaceae
Marathi Gulpankhi गुल्पन्खी
Keel with a fringed crest : Comb is characteristic of the family.
Very tiny herb indeed.
Today morning on vetal Tekdi.
I was observing some Indigofera linifolia when suddenly I noticed some violet pink very very tiny  flowers. With macro lens I could capture these tiny 3mm flowers.



Small herb for ID : SPC-032 : 08-07-2013 : Baroda : Attachments (2). 6 posts by 4 authors.
Please help to identify this very small herb from Baroda. These photos are from April 2012. Thank you

Should be some Polygala species.

Polygala muscatense?
Just a guess.

Polygala erioptera.


Requesting id : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Please validate whether the following Polygala erioptera

Yes. Appears close as per images at

Thanks …, P.erioptera appeared closer to P.persicariifolia


Id please SR 1 : 2 posts by 1 author.
Location: Chityal, Nalgonda
date: 7.12.2017
Please validate whether Polygala erioptera

Polygala sp. Polygalaceae

As suggested by …, pl. check at

Yes it is Polygala sp., I requested to kindly validate whether Polygala erioptera?

I also think closer to images at Polygala erioptera

ID-DKB172 :  Attachments (1). 11 posts by 8 authors.

Plant from Virat nagar Forest Jaipur

For ID(ID-DKB172)

Photo Taken on-26.8.2009

Looks like “Polygala sp”, could be polygala erioptera.

is it from Polygalaceae

Ya it is Polygala eriopteraPolygalaceae

‘Polygala erioptera’ is called ‘Gulpankhi’ ‘गुलपंखी’ in Marathi.

but anthers colour not same?

BSI Flora states that flowers are yellow in P.erioptera.
Can it be Polygala irregularis then? As the flowers are Pink/purple. The leaves also has been stated to be linear oblong in P. irregularis

Another plant from Polygalaceae photographed at Kas platue Satara on 6 Sept.2009

I liked this very different flower you had posted.
Incidently I got the opportunity to click it on my Kaas visit on 20th Sep09. I have posted it in a separate mail.
It certainly is Polygala persicariifolia as … has identified it.

To me appears close to images at Polygala erioptera DC.

ID request 050813SG : Attachments (2). 3 posts by 3 authors.
ID help will be appreciated for following: Herb in open field at Dhavlas (Maharashtra)
Photographed on 02 July 2013

Polygala sp

Polygala species in efi so far 

To me appears close to images at Polygala erioptera DC.


I’d for this polygala sp requested : Attachments (2)- 1 & 3 mb.
I’d for this polygala sp requested
17 October 19
Agra, U.P

yes. nice pictures


Herb from Western Rajasthan for id: 2 high res. images.
This plant has remained unidentified for years. It was growing in sandy desert scrub in September 2013. It looks like a Fabaceae and I am unable to be sure of the genus.

Hoping you can help.

Polygala abyssinica R.Br. ex Fresen. ??

Many thanks, … for a wonderful suggestion. It seems like the inflorescence is not terminal here, but not sure if that is ok. Do you have a good description of the plant?

Please try Polygala erioptera DC. !

This looks like the best match.

Thank you very much, … This was a mystery for all this time.

Yes, appears close to images at

Polygala erioptera.



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