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Genus Galactia Family Fabaceae
Subfamily Faboideae

Description: Prostrate or twining perennial herbs.

Leaves alternate, 3-foliolate.

Inflorescences axillary racemes; flowers ± paired or in clusters, bracts and bracteoles present. Calyx 4-toothed, pubescent, teeth longer than tube, upper 2 teeth fused. Standard ovate, clawed; wings narrow and usually as long as keel. Stamens diadelphous; anthers uniform. Styles not bearded; stigma terminal.

Fruit linear, compressed, ± septate between seeds; seeds without obvious aril.


Flowering: Flowers summer.

Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 140 spp. trop. & subtrop. regions. Aust.: 2 spp. (native), all mainland States except Vic.

Text by A.E. Holland & G.J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Galactia tenuiflora

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