||A lot of milk; referring to the belief that cattle grazing on these plants can produce more milk
|| After panicule, the structure of the inflorescence
||Root Beer Plant, Island Snake-root, Milkwort
Polygala paniculata is a small erect herb that can be found in scrublands and open areas. The alternately arranged leaves are very narrow with only the mid-veins visible. The white inflorescence which bear on the tips of each branch.
The roots of the Root Beer Plant smell, erm, of root beer because a volatile compound, methyl salicylate (flavouring used for the root beer drink) is produced by the plant (Pizzolatti et al., 2009).
Form of the Root Beer Plant, standing only about 20cm tall.
The leaves are very narrow and alternately arranged.
A flower at close-up view.
The developing fruits.
ReferencesPizzolatti MG, Beatriz GM, Soldi CM, Fabiana C, Bortoluzzi JH & Carasek E. (2009) Analysis of volatile compounds released from flowers and roots of Polygala cyparissias and Polygala paniculata by headspace/SPME. Journal of Essential Oil Research, 21: 255-258.
Posted Date: 2013-05-18 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11