Galactia boavista (Vell.) Burkart. (1971: 783)

Ceolin, Guilherme B. & Miotto, Sílvia T. S., 2013, Synopsis of the genus Galactia (Phaseoleae, Papilionoideae, Leguminosae) in Brazil, Phytotaxa 134 (1), pp. 1-26: 4-5

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Galactia boavista (Vell.) Burkart. (1971: 783)


Galactia boavista (Vell.) Burkart. (1971: 783)   . ( Fig. 2D View FIGURE 2 ).

Basyonim: Cytisus boavista Vellozo (1825: 309)   . Lectotype: —Icon. 7, tab. 115.

Prostrate or decumbent, rarely erect herbs or subshrubs; leaves unifoliolate; petiole sometimes absent or up to 8 mm; base of leaflets acute or attenuate; inflorescences lax, longer than the leaves that subtend them; flowers 15–20 mm long.

Selected specimen: — BRAZIL. Paraná: Balsa Nova , 25°27’S 49°46’W, 09 January 2008, G. B. Ceolin 131 (ICN) GoogleMaps   .

Distribution: — Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil (MG, MS, PR RS, SC, SP).

Habitat and ecology:—Cerrado, Mata Atlântica, and Pampa biomes, growing in grassland; in shallow rocky soils, on plains or steep slopes.

Notes:— Burkart (1971) proposed the new combination that originated the name G. boavista   from Cytisus boavista   based on an illustration in Icones vol. 7, authored by the Brazilian botanist J. M. C. Vellozo (1742– 1811). This illustration is considered the lectotype of the species, since the Vellozo’s herbarium seems to be lost ( Lima 1995). G. boavista   is fire-resistant due to its woody underground xylopodium.

Phenology:—Flowering and fruiting from September to March.