Common Names: Spiciform Milk
Habit Galactia spiciformis
grows as a climbing or trailing vine to 3 m in length. The
vegetation is sparsely pubescent to glabrous. The trifoliate leaves
are arranged alternately with awl shaped stipules at the petiole
base. The leaflets are to 8 cm in length, ovate with an obtuse –acute
apex and entire margin.
The zygomorphic flowers are arranged in
racemes. The calyx 5 fused green sepals. The corolla has 5 pink to
white unfused 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
slightly pubescent legume at maturity that is to 8 cm in length.
Habitat: Galactia spiciformis
grows trailing through other vegetation along the edges of Dry
Broadleaf Evergreen Formation – Forest/Woodlands/Shrublands
(coppice and palm woodlands on both sand and limestone substrates.
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally:
Galactia spiciformis occurs on all island groups in the Bahamian
Archipelago except the extreme southern groups (The Inaguas and Tucks
and Caicos Islands). It also occurs in Florida and Cuba.
Galactia spiciformis is not used medicinally in the Bahamas.