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Florida Milk-Pea

Galactia regularis

Description:

A "Polite" vine, in that it doesn't strangle that which it is climbing. 3 leaflets, typical "pea" flower, with two "whiskers" that trail down on either side. A lovely pink. Flower is about 3/4" .

Habitat:

Throughout central Florida, not terribly picky about habitat. For such a delicate-looking plant, it's a tough cookie if it can thrive like this in the scrub! (Although it was growing under the shade of a chapman's oak....

Notes:

I was informed originally that this was a "Brazilian Pea", Galactia peduncularis. However, none of the photos online (and there were very few) of this showed the trailing "whiskers" on either side. So, since I was in the scrub, and few alien plants can survive in the scrub, AND, since the G. regularis IS a Florida native, I decided to veto the previous identification. And that's my final answer. ID'd from the book "Florida Wildflowers In Their Natural Communities", by Walter Kingsley Taylor, page 208.

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Florida, USA

Lat: 29.11, Long: -82.01

Spotted on Sep 21, 2012
Submitted on Sep 21, 2012

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