Polygala paniculata (POLYGALACEAE) Island Snakeroot

Weeds to Whack

A small, erect, glandular, annual herb up to 60 cm tall from tropical America. Often mistaken for a native. Leaves oblong-lanceolate to linear, to 2.5 cm long. White flowers in slender, terminal racemes. Roots with bubblegum-like odour. The Island Snakeroot in the picture is the plant with the narrow leaves.
Photo: Sheldon Navie