gaywings


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gaywings

(ˈɡeɪˌwɪŋz)
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(Plants) a perennial spring-flowering plant (Polygala paucifolia) of the family Polygalaceae
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Noun1.gaywings - common trailing perennial milkwort of eastern North America having leaves like wintergreen and usually rosy-purple flowers with winged sepalsgaywings - common trailing perennial milkwort of eastern North America having leaves like wintergreen and usually rosy-purple flowers with winged sepals
milkwort - any of various plants of the genus Polygala
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Also known as fringed polygala, fringed milkwort, and bird-on-the-wing, gaywings are beautiful native wildflowers found in rich, moist woods from Georgia to New Brunswick.
Like irises, gaywings spread via rhizomes (modified plant stems which grow horizontally under the soil surface and produce shoots above and roots below).
Gaywings may also reproduce by an unusual process called cleistogamy.