The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
The conservation of Galactia smallii is fully sponsored.
Jennifer Possley contributed to this Plant Profile.
Galactia smallii is a delicate, trifoliate sprawling herb with pink or lavender pea-like flowers (Avery and Loope 1980, Herndon 1981, Isley 1990). It is endemic to Miami-Dade County's rare pine rockland ecosystem (Hainds et al. 1999, Coil 2000, Fisher 2000). Currently, G. smallii is known from only 6 sites, but a few more populations likely exist on private land (USFWS 1999).
Distribution & Occurrence
Pine rocklands, in areas with higher elevation and lower shrub cover than preferred by other Galactia spp (O'Brien 1997, 1998).
|There are six known populations of G. smallii left in Miami-Dade County. Most of these have less than 50 plants (Fisher 2000). There is no information on the number or status of privately owned populations.|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
This species flowers more profusely after a burn (USFWS 1999)
Encroachment of the exotic species Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) and cane grass (Neyraudia reynaudiana) (O'Brien and Koptur 1995).
Isely, D. 1990. Vascular flora of the southeastern United States. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press. 258p.