Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


583

Climbing herbaceous vine (twining) (rarely trailing)
Perennial
Does not have milky sap

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

Common

Look for it in dry forests and woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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...Dry

LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: 3 leaflets
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
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 regularis   FAMILY Fabaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Galactia volubilis   FAMILY Fabaceae

GREATER THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 098-50-006:
Galactia macreei   FAMILY Fabaceae

GREATER THAN (MISAPPLIED) Vascular Flora of the Carolinas
Galactia volubilis

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Downy Milkpea, Hairy Milkpea, Twining Milkpea


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image of Galactia regularis

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_gavo_001_lvd

        

image of Galactia regularis

JK Marlow    jkm100606_062

June    Newberry County?    SC

image of Galactia regularis

JK Marlow    jkm100606_063

June    Newberry County?    SC

image of Galactia regularis

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmgmacreei_fs2122b

July        

G. regularis is the small-flowered plant previously called G. volubilis, per Keys to the Flora of Florida - 10, Galactia (Leguminosae) (Ward & Hall, 2004).

image of Galactia regularis

JK Marlow    jkm140817_808

August    Spartanburg County    SC

Each leaf has 3 ovate to oblong or elliptic leaflets to 2" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.


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

image of Galactia regularis

JK Marlow    jkm140817_809

August    Spartanburg County    SC

Inflorescences generally exserted, the flowers well distributed, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Galactia regularis

JK Marlow    jkm140817_813

August    Spartanburg County    SC

Flower 7-9mm long, per Keys to the Flora of Florida - 10, Galactia (Leguminosae) (Ward & Hall, 2004).

image of Galactia regularis

JK Marlow    jkm140817_814816

August    Spartanburg County    SC

G. regularis is the vigorously climbing plant previously called G volubilis, per Keys to the Flora of Florida - 10, Galactia (Leguminosae) (Ward & Hall, 2004).

image of Galactia regularis

JK Marlow    jkm140817_829

August    Spartanburg County    SC

Mature fruits less than 6mm broad, straight or slightly falcate, per Keys to the Flora of Florida - 10, Galactia (Leguminosae) (Ward & Hall, 2004).

image of Galactia regularis

JK Marlow    jkm071021_019

October    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

The Greek word "gala" refers to milk, but no US Galactia have milky sap, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.