Botanical name: Polygala hottentotta Family: Polygalaceae (Milkwort family)
Small Purple Broom is a perennial herb, up to about 2 ft tall. Stems are arching, wiry, sparsely branched, hairless or minutely velvety. Leaves are alternate, widely spaced, linear, 1-4 cm long, hairless or sparsely velvety, margin entire. Flowers are borne in in fairly laxly many-flowered terminal racemes up to 20 cm long. Flowers are yellowish-white, pink or purple, with prominent darker veining. Capsule is 4-5 mm long, obliquely obovate-elliptic, hairless, margin narrowly winged. Small Purple Broom is native to Africa, probably naturalized in India.
Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
The flower labeled Small Purple Broom is ...