Plant Listings

Galactia rudolphioides

Common Names:  Red Milk Pea

Family:  Fabaceae

Habit Galactia rudolphioides grows as a climbing or trailing vine, becoming woody with age, to 4 meters in length. The trifoliate leaves are arranged alternately.  The leaflets are to 5 cm in length, oblong to ovate, with an acute or emarginate leaf apex and revolute leaflet margin.

The zygomorphic flowers are arranged in racemes.  The calyx has 5 fused green petals.  The corolla has 5 red petals, the upper enlarged to form the banner and the lower 2 fused to form the keel.  There are 10 diadelphous stamens.  The ovary is superior and has a single locule.  The fruit is a legume at maturity.

Habitat: Galactia rudolphioides grows in and along the edges of Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formation – Shrublands (scrublands) and Pine Woodlands.  It can also be found along rocky shorelines.

Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Galactia rudolphioides occurs in the central and north island groupings of the Bahamian Archipelago as well as Cuba.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Galactia rudolphioides is not used medicinally in the Bahamas,



















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