Polygala incarnata L.
Family: Polygalaceae
pink milkwort,  more...
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Etymology: Polygala: from Greek polys, "many or much," and gala, "milk," since it was thought that the presence of some of the species in a pasture increased the yield of milk
Plants: erect, annual, 8"-24" tall forb; stems mostly solitary, smooth
Leaves: linear, alternate
Flowers: pink to pale rose, 5-parted, 1/3" long, almost twice as long as wide, 5 petal-like sepals with the 3 inner ones small and the 2 outer ones large and wing-like; inflorescence a 1/3"-1 1/2" dense cluster (raceme); blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: hairy
Habitat: dry; upland woods, barrens, prairies
Conservation Status: Endangered
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