Polygala paucifolia Willd.
Common Name: FRINGED POLYGALA, GAY-WINGS, FLOWERING-WINTERGREEN
Coefficient of Conservatism: 7
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt P-Forb

In all sorts of mixed and coniferous forests, except the wettest and the driest, most often with fir, cedar, birch, aspen, hemlock, and pines; on old shoreline ridges of calcareous rubble and sandy beach meadows, usually ± shaded.

The flowers are bright magenta or pink-purple, varying from pale to deep (in shade) and rarely pure white. The leaves on most of the stem are reduced to scales, the few flowers and leaves at the summit providing a striking touch of color, often abundant in northern moist forests in spring. Cleistogamous flowers are produced at the base of a plant, often buried; their fruit is similar to those of the other flowers: a 2-seeded somewhat heart-shaped capsule.

Locations

Alcona County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Arenac County
Baraga County
Benzie County
Cass County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
    Including Drummond Island
Clare County
Clinton County
Crawford County
Delta County
Dickinson County
Emmet County
Genesee County
Gladwin County
Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County
Gratiot County
Hillsdale County
Houghton County
Huron County
Iosco County
Iron County
Isabella County
Jackson County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Lake County
Lapeer County
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Lenawee County
Luce County
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Macomb County
Manistee County
Marquette County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Midland County
Missaukee County
Montcalm County
Montmorency County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Oceana County
Ogemaw County
Ontonagon County
Osceola County
Oscoda County
Otsego County
Ottawa County
Presque Isle County
Roscommon County
Saginaw County
Sanilac County
Schoolcraft County
St. Clair County
Tuscola County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County
Wexford County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 15, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=2266.