Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2716

Herbaceous vine, trailing or infrequently twining
Perennial
Does not have milky sap

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in SC Piedmont)

Look for it in sandhills, other dry forests and openings, per Weakley's Flora

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...Dry

LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
Pink
Bilaterally symmetrical
4-lobed calyx
5-parted papilionaceous corolla
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Legume

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Galactia volubilis var. volubilis   FAMILY Fabaceae

LESS THAN (MISAPPLIED) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Galactia regularis   FAMILY Fabaceae

LESS THAN (MISAPPLIED) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-50-004:
Galactia regularis   FAMILY Fabaceae

LESS THAN Changes in Galactia (Fabaceae) in the Southeastern US (Duncan, 1979)
Galactia glabella

SYNONYMOUS WITH Keys to the flora of Florida, Galactia (Leguminosae) (Ward & Hall, 2004)
Galactia volubilis var. volubilis

 

COMMON NAME:
Smooth Milkpea, Common Milkpea


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image of Galactia volubilis var. volubilis

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_gare2_001_lvd

        

image of Galactia volubilis var. volubilis

JK Marlow    jkm080713_119

July    Aiken County    SC

Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve

True G. volubilis scarcely climbs (known elsewhere as macreei or regularis), per Keys to the Flora of Florida - 10, Galactia (Leguminosae) (Ward & Hall, 2004).

image of Galactia volubilis var. volubilis

JK Marlow    jkm080713_121

July    Aiken County    SC

Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve

Leaflets elliptic or lance-shaped, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves that are trifoliolate and pinnately compound

image of Galactia volubilis var. volubilis

JK Marlow    jkm080713_121b

July    Aiken County    SC

Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve

volubilis, the large-flowered taxon known elsewhere as macreei or regularis, per Keys to the Flora of Florida - 10, Galactia (Leguminosae) (Ward & Hall, 2004).

image of Galactia volubilis var. volubilis

JK Marlow    jkm080713_123

July    Aiken County    SC

Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve

Flower 10-14mm long, per Keys to the Flora of Florida - 10, Galactia (Leguminosae) (Ward & Hall, 2004).