Polygala lutea orange milkwort Polygalaceae POLU; R;

 

Polygala lutea.Bobby Hattaway.www.discoverlife.org

Polygala lutea. © Copyright Bobby Hattaway 2011.www.discoverlife.org (Accessed 11/2014).

Polygala lutea is a biennial or perennial herb to 40 cm tall, stems often clustered. 

Leaves of basal rosette widest above middle, to 5 cm long, stem leaves becoming narrower and smaller upwards to 3 cm. 

Flowers orange, irregular, to 0.7 cm, in dense, head-like clusters to 3 cm long, 1.8 cm wide at the end of a leafless stalk to 10 cm long at top of plant; blooming. 

Fruit a capsule, seeds hairy, with a fleshy appendage (aril). Arilate seeds generally considered to be adapted for dispersal by ants (see Claytonia). 

Wetland status: FACW+. 

Frequency in NYC: Rare, NYS S1, E. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Sandy acid bogs of coastal plain (a pine barrens bog plant).