Galactia regularis (L.) Britton et al. - Eastern Milkpea

Galactia regularis plant

Family - Fabaceae

Stems:

Galactia regularis stem

Leaves:

Galactia regularis leaves

Inflorescence:

N/A

Flowers:

Galactia regularis flowers

Galactia regularis calyx

Flowering - July - October.

Habitat - Sandhills, scrub, dry hammocks, open woods, clearings.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This small vine can be found throughout much of Alabama. The plant can be identified by its short axillary racemes and fairly large flowers. The stems of this species are appressed pubescent to glabrate and are more trailing than twining.
A similar species, G. volubilis (L.) Britton, has smaller flowers and stems that heavily twine and climb.
The genus name Galactia derives from the Greek "gala(ct)" meaning "milk" name given by botanist Patrick Browne (1720-1790) as he stated that the plant had "milky branches."
The species name regularis derives from the Latin root "regula(ri)" and means "regular." Linnaeus gave this name to the plant becasue he thought it typical of the genus Dolichos, with which he first placed it.

Alabama Distribution:

Galactia regularis map

Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 8-11-05.


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