Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


583

Herbaceous vine, climbing or sprawling, twining
Perennial

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

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:
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 (2/8/20):
Galactia regularis   FAMILY Fabaceae

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) Native & naturalized Leguminosae (Fabaceae) of the US (Isely, 1998)
Galactia volubilis

INCLUDING VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 098-50-005&006:
Galactia volubilis   FAMILY Fabaceae

INCLUDING Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968)
Galactia macreei

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Galactia volubilis

 

COMMON NAME:
Downy Milkpea, Hairy Milkpea, Twining Milkpea, Eastern Milkpea


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image of Galactia regularis, Downy Milkpea, Hairy Milkpea, Twining Milkpea, Eastern Milkpea

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

        

image of Galactia regularis, Downy Milkpea, Hairy Milkpea, Twining Milkpea, Eastern Milkpea

JK Marlow    jkm100606_062

June    Newberry County?    SC

Leaflets mostly elliptic to broadly elliptic, usually widest at the midpoint, per Weakley's Flora (2020).


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

image of Galactia regularis, Downy Milkpea, Hairy Milkpea, Twining Milkpea, Eastern Milkpea

JK Marlow    jkm100606_063

June    Newberry County?    SC

image of Galactia regularis, Downy Milkpea, Hairy Milkpea, Twining Milkpea, Eastern Milkpea

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmgmacreei_fs2122b

July        

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

image of Galactia regularis, Downy Milkpea, Hairy Milkpea, Twining Milkpea, Eastern Milkpea

JK Marlow    jkm140817_809

August    Spartanburg County    SC

Inflorescences generally exserted, the flowers well distributed, per Weakley's Flora (2012).

image of Galactia regularis, Downy Milkpea, Hairy Milkpea, Twining Milkpea, Eastern Milkpea

JK Marlow    jkm140817_813

August    Spartanburg County    SC

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, Downy Milkpea, Hairy Milkpea, Twining Milkpea, Eastern Milkpea

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, Downy Milkpea, Hairy Milkpea, Twining Milkpea, Eastern Milkpea

JK Marlow    jkm190810_0639

August    Greenville County    SC

image of Galactia regularis, Downy Milkpea, Hairy Milkpea, Twining Milkpea, Eastern Milkpea

JK Marlow    jkm190810_0652

August    Greenville 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, Downy Milkpea, Hairy Milkpea, Twining Milkpea, Eastern Milkpea

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.