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Yellow Milkwort     Polygala rugelii

The range distribution maps for the Yellow Milkwort are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The Yellow Milkwort is a Florida endemic, found only in the Florida Peninsula and nowhere else.  It is an annual that grows in wet pine flatwoods and moist ruderal areas

The flower stem emerges from a rosette of spatula-shaped leaves in the spring.  The stem may grow to a height of 24 inches.  The rosette leaves soon wither and disappear.  Small narrow to elliptical leaves, about 0.75-2 inches long form alternately along the stem.  A single yellow flower head, about 0.75 inch in diameter, forms at the top of the stem.  The head is actually a dense cluster of small lemon yellow flowers, which blooms from spring through fall.

All of the photos on this page were taken in the Myakka State Forest in Charlotte County.