Galactia P.Browne

First published in Civ. Nat. Hist. Jamaica: 298 (1756)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is Tropics & Subtropics to Central U.S.A.


Native to:

Alabama, Andaman Is., Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Arizona, Arkansas, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Cambodia, Cayman Is., Central African Repu, China South-Central, China Southeast, Christmas I., Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Delaware, Dominican Republic, East Himalaya, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, Florida, French Guiana, Gabon, Galápagos, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Hainan, Haiti, Honduras, Illinois, India, Indiana, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jawa, Kansas, Kentucky, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Louisiana, Madagascar, Maluku, Maryland, Mauritius, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Mississippi, Missouri, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Guinea, New Jersey, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Carolina, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Ohio, Oklahoma, Panamá, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Réunion, South Australia, South Carolina, Southwest Caribbean, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Suriname, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tennessee, Texas, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad-Tobago, Turks-Caicos Is., Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virginia, West Himalaya, West Virginia, Western Australia, Windward Is., Yemen, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:



Heterotypic Synonyms

Accepted Species

POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Ceolin, G.B. & Miotto, S.T.S. (2013). Synopsis of the genus Galactia (Phaseoleae, Papilionoideae, Leguminosae) in Brazil. Phytotaxa 134: 1-26.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS G: 1-40325.

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 2: 188.

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Civ. Nat. Hist. Jamaica: 298 (1756).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Civ. Nat. Hist. Jamaica: 298 (1756)

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Mar 26, 2018 Rico, L. [2022], Mexico K000265996 No
Mar 25, 2010 Forzza, R.C. [5121], Rio de Janeiro K000661361 No
Mar 29, 2007 Barbosa, E. [1998], Brazil K000930667 Yes
Aug 24, 1984 Coradin, L. [6899], Brazil K000930652 Yes
Mar 15, 1979 Irwin, H.S. [6415], Brazil K000930673 Yes
Jan 1, 1975 Irwin, H.S. [6492], Brazil K000930669 Yes
Rico, L. [1469], Bolivia K000295356 No
Lindeman, J.C. [2481], Brazil K000930657 Yes
Hatschbach, G.G. [74387], Brazil K000930664 Yes
Hatschbach, G.G. [53776], Brazil K000930666 Yes
Fonseca, M.L. [189], Brazil K000930668 Yes
Guedes, M.L. [PCD 5420], Brazil K000930649 Yes
Smith, D. [29], Brazil K000930674 Yes
Silva, M.A. [1869], Brazil K000930656 Yes
s.coll. [16564], Brazil K000930659 Yes
Lindeman, J.C. [2708], Brazil K000930651 Yes
Silva, M.A. [4877], Brazil K000930653 Yes
Fonseca, M.L. [123], Brazil K000930677 Yes
Martinez, M.S. [4], Brazil K000930655 Yes
Hatschbach, G.G. [53863], Brazil K000930665 Yes
Giulietti, A.M. [13562], Brazil K000930661 Yes
Cavalcanti, T.B. [94], Brazil K000930658 Yes
Brooks, R.R. [TMEX585], Brazil K000930660 Yes
Leitão Filho, H.F. [1,866], Brazil K000930671 Yes
Giulietti, A.M. [13562], Brazil K000930663 Yes
Eiten, G. [10765], Brazil K000930675 Yes
Ule, E. [8178], Brazil K000930676 Yes
Oliveira, F.C.A. [297], Brazil K000930678 Yes
Harley, R.M. [20415], Brazil K000930650 Yes
Hatschbach, G.G. [60950], Bolivia K000930654 Yes
Giulietti, A.M. [CFCR 13562], Brazil K000930662 Yes


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