Wild Florida Photo - Polygala lutea

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Polygala lutea

ORANGE MILKWORT

Florida native

 

A common herbaceous plant of bogs, flatwoods and cypress pond margins throughout nearly all of Florida. The range includes the Gulf and Atlantic coastal states from Louisiana into New York, plus Pennsylvania.
The orange flowers are in a tight solitary raceme up to 1.5cm (6/10 in.) wide. The specific name lutea is a result of the characteristic of the flowers to turn yellow when dried, as in a herbarium specimen. The tiny individual flowers are made up of three petals fused to the stamens and five sepals, two of which - called wings - are larger and the same color as the petals.

 
Polygala lutea is a member of the Polygalaceae - Milkwort family.

Other species of the Polygala genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Polygala lewtonii - LEWTON'S MILKWORT
  View  Polygala cruciata - DRUMHEADS
  View  Polygala incarnata - PROCESSION FLOWER
  View  Polygala nana - CANDYROOT
  View  Polygala rugelii - YELLOW MILKWORT
  View  Polygala boykinii - BOYKIN'S MILKWORT
  View  Polygala grandiflora - SHOWY MILKWORT