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Galactia brachypoda Torrey & A. Gray. Smooth Creeping Milkpea. Phen: (Mar-) Apr-Sep. Hab: Longleaf pine sandhills, Florida scrub, xeric hammocks, dry oak woodlands. Dist: NJ south to s. FL.

ID notes:"Plants of Galactia brachypoda are characterized by their essentially procumbent habit with mostly non-twining stems (sometimes weakly twining distally), minutely strigose (antrorse or retrorse) cauline vestiture, subcoriaceous leaflets with raised venation, and relatively large corollas. Plants of G. brachypoda with distally twining stems and relatively small leaves might be mistaken for G. regularis (which see for comments regarding type-based confusion between the two species), but the latter has climbing and consistently twining stems with looser and non-appressed vestiture, thinner leaves, and longer inflorescences with curved axes and smaller, less congested flowers." (Nesom 2015). {reconcile against volubilis}

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Synonymy: = FNA11.1, S13, Nesom (2015a); = Galactia michauxii A.R.Franck – Franck (2017); = Galactia regularis (L.) Britton, Sterns, & Poggenb. – C, RAB; > Galactia brachypoda Torr. & A.Gray – K4; < Galactia glabella Michx. – Duncan (1979); > Galactia michauxii A.R.Franck – K4; > Galactia mollis Michx. var. nashii Vail – S; < Galactia regularis (L.) Britton, Sterns, & Poggenb. – Tat

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