Taxon  Report   6726    
Polygala acanthoclada  A. Gray
Desert milkwort,  Desert polygala, Milkwort
Polygala acanthoclada
© 2012 Aaron Schusteff
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Polygala acanthoclada
© 2012 Keir Morse
Polygala acanthoclada
© 2012 Keir Morse
Polygala acanthoclada, a dicot, is a shrub that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 2B.3 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).   8th Edition

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Polygala acanthoclada
© 2011 James M. Andre
Genus: Polygala
Communities: Shadscale Scrub, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Joshua Tree Woodland

Habitat: slopes

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

More information about  Polygala acanthoclada
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 16, 2019).