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infestation (Photo: Rob and Fiona Richardson)
habit (Photo: Rob and Fiona Richardson)
long and narrow leaves (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
flower clusters (Photo: Rob and Fiona Richardson)
upper leaves and young flowers (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
elongated flower cluster (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of purplish-coloured flowers (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of pinkish-coloured flowers (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
Polygala virgata Thunb.
broom milkwort, milkwort, polygala, purple broom
Native to southern Africa (i.e. Tanzania, Zaire, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland).
Widely naturalised in southern and eastern Australia (i.e. in south-eastern and central Queensland, in the coastal districts of eastern New South Wales, in southern Victoria, in south-eastern South Australia and in south-western Western Australia).
Naturalised overseas in New Zealand.
Broom milkwort (Polygala virgata) has escaped cultivation as a garden ornamental and become naturalised in coastal dune vegetation, wetlands and open woodlands. It is regarded as an environmental weed in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia.
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