Fringed polygala

Polygala paucifolia

''Polygala paucifolia'', known as gaywings or fringed polygala, is a perennial plant of the family Polygalaceae.

Mature plants are 3 to 6 inches tall. Stems are smooth, slender and green. Leaves are clustered at the top, appearing to be whorled, but they are not. Leaflets are oblong to lanceolate — narrow at the base with a pointed tip. Leaves have an entire margin and are thin. Flowers are pink and white, blooming in April and May.

In 2011, John Richard Abbott segregated ''Polygala paucifolia'' from the rest of ''Polygala'', placing it in the currently-unused genus ''Polygaloides''.

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