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Coconino NF west of FR618 - JK

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Polygala alba - white milkwort

Plant Form: Forb

Family: Polygalaceae

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Coconino NF west of FR618
Coconino NF west of FR618
Plant - summer
Coconino NF west of FR618
Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Numerous slender, erect stems, curve upward from the top of the slender taproot. Stems are topped by tiny, white, bilaterally symmetrical flowers in a narrowly cone-shaped cluster of up to four dozen tiny creamy-white flowers.
Height: 14 inches


Habitat Description: Roadsides and fields; dry, rocky or sandy areas.
Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 5000 - 7500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White with purplish tips     Shape: Irregular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: May - Sep
Description: White irregular flowers with greenish tinge at base and purplish before flower opens; to 1/8 inch long in narrow spike cluster to 3 inches long on the top of a slender stem.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dark green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: No     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Very narrow to 1-1/4 inch long; in whorls at the base and at intervals along the upper stem.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Elliptic, 2-seeded.
Seed Notes: Tiny, dark, silky-hairy.

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