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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Galactia regularis (L.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb.
Eastern milkpea

Family: Fabaceae

Group: Dicot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Rare

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SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: Prostrate plants historically treated as this in South Florida, or more recently as Galactia volubilis, may be Galactia brachypoda (see Nesom 2015). This species, however, is still present in South Florida as circumscribed by Nesom; it is a twining vine with leaflets mostly elliptic to broadly elliptic, (5–)10–21(–25) mm wide, stems moderately to densely hirsute to hirsute-villous with spreading deflexed hairs, and corollas 7–10 mm long (versus 9-14 mm long in Galactia volubilis). Galactia brachypoda is prostrate (not twining), with realtively broad subcoriaceous leaflets with raised veins, (4–)10–25(–32) mm wide, and relatively large flowers, 11–15 mm long. We are working on this taxonomy now.

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Recorded as Present in Error

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Florida Keys History and Distribution: Not reported for the Florida Keys by John Kunkel Small in 1913. Reported only by Kruer (1992) for Biscayne National Park and Key West National Wildlife Refuge. These were probably misidentifications of G. striata.

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Galactia regularis has been reported from the following 2 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Recorded as Present in Error
Key West National Wildlife Refuge Recorded as Present in Error