SLENDER MILKWORT
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Polygala incarnata  L.
Shawnee County, Kansas
Annual
Height: 4-24 inches
Family: Polygalaceae - Milkwort Family
Flowering Period:   June, July, August
Also Called: Pink polygala, pink milkwort.
Stems: Erect, slender, simple or rarely branched, bluish-green or silvery-green, waxy, grooved longitudinally.
Leaves: Alternate, few, distantly spaced, erect or ascending, narrowly linear to awl-shaped, 1/6 to 1/2 inch long, less than 1/25 inch wide, waxy, absent at base.
Inflorescences: Raceme, spike-like, cylindrical, dense, .4 to 1.4 inch long, 1/5 to 1/3 inch in diameter, terminal; stalk .8 to 1.6 inch long.
Flowers: Pink, rose-purple or rarely white; sepals 5, uppermost and lower 2 small and greenish, lateral 2 larger and colored like petals; petals 3, united into tube, 3-lobed at apex, middle lobe keel-shaped and often crested on back; corolla 1/3 to 2/5 inch long, 2-5 times longer than calyx; stamens 6-8, fused to corolla tube.
Fruits: Capsule, nearly round to egg-shaped, to 1/6 inch long, grooved, 2-seeded; seeds tiny, plump, soft-hairy.
Habitat: Moist meadows and dry prairies, open woods, low sandy or silty open ground.
Distribution: East 1/2 of Kansas.

Slender milkwort inflorescence
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Shawnee County, Kansas
Slender milkwort leaves
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Shawnee County, Kansas
Slender milkwort leaf
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Slender milkwort flowers
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Barton County, Missouri
Slender milkwort
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Barton County, Missouri