Trees of the year
Trees of the year

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Scientific name: Polygala myrtifolia

 

Family: Polygalaceae

 

Common names:September bush (Eng.); Septemberbos, blouertjie, langelede (Afr.)

 

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Leaves and flowers of Polygala myrtifolia

Description:P. myrtifolia is an evergreen shrub that grows up to about 0.6 to 2 m in height with a few upright-growing stems, slender branches and often velvety young stems

Leaves are oval-shaped leaves, usually 25-50 mm long and up to 13 mm wide. 

Flowers are carried in small clusters at the ends of short branches and look a bit like legume. The showy petals, beautifully marked with darker veins, are usually in shades of mauve or purple, but can also be pink scarlet, or white.

Flowering time: early spring from August to October.

Origin: South Africa (from Western Cape to Kwazulu-Natal).

Medicinal uses:  Used this for washing dead before burial, treat ulcer, venereal diseases and to clean the blood.

 

PropagationPlants can easily be propagated from seed and tip cuttings

References:Palgrave, K. C. 2002. 3rd Edition. Trees of southern Africa. Struik Publishers

Goldblatt, P. and Manning, J. 2002. Cape plants: A conspectus of the Cape flora of South Africa. Strelitzia 9. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria & Missouri Botanical Garden. 

Joffe, P. and Oberholzer, T.  2012. Creative Gardening with Indigenous plants: A South African Guide. 

Manning, J. 2009. Field guide to wild flowers of South Africa. Struik Nature Publishers

Palmer, E. and Pitman, J. 1972. Trees of southern Africa. Balkema, Cape Town. 

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