1. Family: Fabaceae Lindl.
    1. Genus: Galactia P.Browne
      1. Galactia argentifolia S.Moore

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

    Leguminosae, J. B. Gillett, R. M. Polhill & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1971

    Habit
    Erect or sometimes rather straggling herb or subshrub 0·75–1·5 m. tall.
    Stem
    Stems densely velvety with silvery or greyish hairs above, pubescent below; extreme tips sometimes showing climbing tendencies.
    Leaves
    Leaflets 3, paler beneath, elliptic or elliptic-oblong, 2·5–5·5 cm. long, 1·4–2·5 cm. wide, rounded or slightly emarginate at the apex, rounded at the base, finely adpressed pubescent above, very densely adpressed silvery velvety beneath; petiole 1·2–2·5 cm. long; rhachis 5–9 mm. long; petiolules 1–2·5 mm. long; stipules ovate-lanceolate, 5 mm. long, 3 mm. wide, ribbed.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes few-flowered, dense; rhachis 1–2 cm. long; peduncles 1–4 cm. long; pedicels 3 mm. long; bracts small, lanceolate, 3–4 mm. long; bracteoles lanceolate, 5 mm. long, 1·5 mm. wide.
    Calyx
    Calyx adpressed silvery pilose; tube 3–4 mm. long; lobes lanceolate, 5–9 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Standard mauve or violet, obovate, 1·3–1·4 cm. long, 6·5–8 mm. wide, glabrous.
    Fruits
    Pods narrowly oblong, 3·5–5 cm. long, 6·5–9 mm. wide, densely pubescent.
    Seeds
    Seeds brown mottled with yellow-brown, often with a darker zone around the hilum, ellipsoid-reniform, compressed, longest dimension 4·5–5·5 mm., shorter dimension 3–3·5 mm., thickness 1·5–2·5 mm.; rim-aril slightly developed.
    Figures
    Fig. 85, p. 580.
    Habitat
    Grassland, grassland with scattered trees; 0–450 m.
    Distribution
    K1 K7 T3 T6 not known elsewhere
    [ILDIS]

    International Legume Database and Information Service

    Conservation
    Not Threatened
    Ecology
    Africa: Zanzibar-Inhambane regional transitional zone; wooded grassland, Zanzibar-Inhambane regional transition zone; grassland.
    Habit
    Perennial, Not climbing, Herb

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania

    Galactia argentifolia S.Moore appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in J. Bot. 15: 291 (1877)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS G: 1-40325.
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Lock, J.M. (1989). Legumes of Africa a check-list: 1-619. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Bak. f., Leguminosae of Tropical Africa: 382 (1929).
    • S. Moore in Journal of Botany 15: 291 (1877).
    International Legume Database and Information Service
    • Gillett, J. B. et al. (1971). Papilionoideae. In: Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Milne-Redhead & Polhill

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    International Legume Database and Information Service
    International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0