Polygala cruciata L. - Drum Heads
Family - Polygalaceae
Flowering - June - November.
Habitat - Bogs, savannahs, pocosins, wet meadows.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This little species can be found scattered throughout Alabama but is most common in the southern portion of the state. Plant can be identified by its whorled leaves, short-pedunculate to sessile inflorescences, pinkish-purple to greenish flowers, and abruptly acuminate sepals. The pictures above were taken late in the year and the inflorescences are slightly smaller than normal.
Photographs taken in Conecuh National Forest, AL., 10-23-04.