Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Elliott's Milkpea - Galactia elliottii   Nuttall
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AuthorNuttall
Distribution"Discovered in 2021 at base of planted Sabal palmetto in landscaping on Oak Island (Brunswick County), NC; presumably brought in on nursery material raised in FL or GA and probably spread to other areas via planting of cabbage palms" (Weakley 2022).

A Southern species, ranging north only to southern SC and south to southern FL; does not range west of FL.
AbundanceExtremely rare.
HabitatSee above. Normally a species of rather sandy soil in many settings but can occur in wet thickets.
PhenologyFlowers from July to September, and fruits from August to October.
IdentificationThis is the only Galactia with leaves not with 3 leaflets; plants have 5-9 leaflets. However, with its normally white flowers, many or most biologists might well overlook this plant as a Tephrosia species.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

Other Common Name(s)None
State RankSE
Global RankG5
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