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Notch-beaked Milkwort
Polygala heterorhyncha
About Notch-beaked Milkwort (Polygala heterorhyncha) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Polygala heterorhyncha is a species of flowering plant in the milkwort family known by the common names beaked spiny polygala and notch-beaked milkwort. It is native to southern Nevada and it is known from a few occurrences just over the border in the Funeral Mountains of California above Death Valley. It is a resident of desert scrub habitat. This desert plant is a perennial herb or small shrub growing in small clumpy mats. The thin, branching, thorny-tipped stems are somewhat waxy in texture and sometimes slightly hairy. They are lined sparsely with small oval, dull-pointed leaves. The inflorescence bears a few flowers, each with a winglike pair of bright pink sepals and a yellow-tipped central petal. The fruit is a vein-streaked capsule.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

4 - 7.9 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, Yellow

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 6.0" - 6.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.99" - 1.03", Coldest Month: 46.7" - 48.4", Hottest Month: 69.9" - 72.3", Humidity: 7.36" - 26.42", Elevation: 4330" - 5103"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Beaked Spiny Polygala

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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