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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 9/30/2013)
 

Flora Data (Last Modified On 9/30/2013)
Genus GALACTIA P. Br.
Contributor W. G. D'Arcy
PlaceOfPublication Civ. Nat. Hist. Jam. 298. 1756.
Note TYPE: G. pendula Pers.
Description Herbs, trailing or climbing vines or rarely shrubs, perennial. Leaves pinnate (Panama) or digitate trifoliolate or simple; stipels and stipules present. Inflores- cences axillary and terminal, nodose racemes, elongate or short, sometimes sub- sessile; bracts and bracteoles usually present. Flowers mostly pink, purplish or white, the calyx 4-dentate or 4-fid, the upper tooth broader; corolla glabrous or the standard somewhat pubescent; stamens united or the vexilary stamen free, the anthers alike, all fertile, sometimes alternating in height; ovary narrow, mostly pubescent, the style glabrous, curved or nearly straight, the stigma minute. Fruit straight or slightly curved, compressed, sometimes laterally compressed between the seeds or marginally when immature, partially false septate between the seeds, dehiscent by 2 valves; seeds ovoid, dark brown, the hilum small, oval.
Habit Herbs
Note Galactia includes about 50 species of temperate and tropical regions of the world, the species most numerous in South America and the Antilles.
Key a. Plant erect or ascending, sometimes lax and scandent at the top, not reaching 1 m tall; petiolar rachis less than 5 mm long; leaflets mostly less than 2.5 cm long; standard exceeding the wings and keel ...... 1. G. latisiliqua aa. Plant a trailing or climbing vine, mostly exceeding 1 m in length; petiolar rachis more than 5 mm long; leaflets mostly more than 2.5 cm long; standard hardly exceeding or shorter than the wings and keel ...... 2. G. striata
 
 
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