Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2478

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in sandhills, per Weakley's Flora

map
To see a detailed map, click here

 

DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Does not have milky sap

LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate
Leaflets have petiolules.
Leaflets are subtended by stipels.

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Pale violet/ White
Bilaterally symmetrical
4-lobed calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
Superior ovary
Flowers in axillary clusters

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Galactia erecta   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Galactia erecta   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-50-002:
Galactia erecta   FAMILY Fabaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Erect Milkpea


Click or hover over the thumbnails to see larger pictures.

image of Galactia erecta, Erect Milkpea

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmgerecta_oceanbay2

May    Horry County    SC

Lewis Ocean Bay Heritage Preserve

The Sandhills' only milkpea that stands erect & only one with white flowers, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Galactia erecta, Erect Milkpea

Will Stuart    wil_g_erecta_0375_zoom

July    Richmond    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

White, pea-shaped, half-inch flowers grow in small clusters from leaf axils, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Galactia erecta, Erect Milkpea

Will Stuart    wil_galactia_erecta_0375

July    Richmond    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

image of Galactia erecta, Erect Milkpea

Will Stuart    wil_galactia_erecta_0394

July    Richmond    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Developing flowers buds are covered in dense fine hairs. — Will Stuart

image of Galactia erecta, Erect Milkpea

Will Stuart    wil_galactia_erecta_5484

July    Richmond    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Blossoms develop in dense clusters from leaf axils. — Will Stuart

image of Galactia erecta, Erect Milkpea

Will Stuart    wil_galactia_erecta_5511

July    Richmond    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Leaves few, divided into 3 narrow glabrous leaflets, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Galactia erecta, Erect Milkpea

Will Stuart    wil_galactia_erecta_5516

July    Richmond    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Leaves rise above the axillary inflorescence on a long petiole. — Will Stuart