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[New Latin Polygala, genus name, from Greek polugalon, milkwort : polu-, poly- + gala, milk; see melg- in Indo-European roots.]


(Plants) any herbaceous plant or small shrub of the polygalaceous genus Polygala. See also milkwort
[C18: New Latin, from Greek polugalon, from poly- + gala milk]


(ˈmɪlkˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt)

any of numerous plants or shrubs of the genus Polygala, having flowers with winged petals.
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Noun1.polygala - type genus of the Polygalaceae: milkwortPolygala - type genus of the Polygalaceae: milkwort; senega; snakeroot
rosid dicot genus - a genus of dicotyledonous plants
family Polygalaceae, milkwort family, Polygalaceae - trees, shrubs, and herbs widely distributed throughout both hemispheres
milkwort - any of various plants of the genus Polygala
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When my polygala tree is in bloom it is swarming with insects, as are leucophyllum bushes (Texas Rangers), so we must encourage the insects to survive by growing attractive plants for them to feed on.
Meyer), hoelen (Wolf Poria cocos, Schw), polygala (Polygala tenuifolia Willd), and Acorus (Acorus tatarinowii Schott) in a ratio of 3:3:2:2.
Effect of Polygala tenuifolia root on behavioral disorders by lesioning nucleus basalis magnocellularis in rat.
Estan presentes solamente en afloramiento rocoso las especies Pentacalia corymbosa, Cavendischia bracteata, Miconia squamulosa, Gaultheria anastomosans, Polygala paniculata y P colombiensis (anexos 1 y 2).
Planhigyn arall a'r enw Crist yn rhan ohono ydi Llysiau Crist, sef Polygala vulgaris a Common Milkwort yn Saesneg.
Hatano, "Effect of Polygala tenuifolia root extract on scopolamine-induced impairment of rat spatial cognition in an eight-arm radial maze task," Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, vol.
At home, they perused field guides, on a quest to identify their discovery: fringed polygala, a native bloom they would notice often on subsequent hikes.
These tests demonstrated that the extracts from Annona glabra, Simarouba tulae, Tithonia diversifolia, Dendropanax arboreous, Piper jacquemontanium, Annona montana, and Polygala hecatantha were active in both assays.
Echeandia flavescens crece en areas secas totalmente abiertas, sin sombrio alguno--ninguna de las plantas que la acompanan la supera en altura o en vigor--, de sustratos pedregosos-arenosos, en donde se establecen pastizales [caracterizados principalmente por Aristida, Axonopus, Digitaria, Eragrostis, Paspalum, Rhynchospora, Sporobolus y Tripogon] y herbazales [dominados por Cuphea, Desmodium, Evolvulus, Galianthe, Hypoxis, Mecardonia, Polygala, Sisyrinchium, Stenandrium y Zornia] (obs.
Coronilla varia, Polygala maior, Gentiana cruciata) and tall forbs (Centaurea scabiosa, Peucedanum cervaria) and scattered scrubs.