Galactia watsoniana W.C.Holmes & Singhurst

, Novon 18(3): 347 (-350; fig. 1) (2008). BHL
IPNI Life Sciences Identifier (LSID)
Novon; a Journal for Botanical Nomenclature. St. Louis, MO
18(3): 347 (-350; fig. 1)
Date of Publication
2 Sep 2008
Family as entered in IPNI

Type Information

Collector Team
W. C. Holmes & J. R. Singhurst W. C. Holmes 13069
Love Creek Preserve of the Nature Conservancy of Texas, sloping terrace of bank of Love Creek near cabin
Collection Date
13 Aug 2004
Type Herbaria
holotype BAYLU
isotype MO
isotype TEX
Distribution Of Types
Bandera County (Texas, South-Central U.S.A., Northern America)


Galactia watsoniana, endemic to the southern part of the Balcones Escarpment of central Texas, is described as new. The new species is distinguished from G. volubilis (L.) Britton, its apparent nearest relative, by its solitary and larger flowers (17–22 mm vs. 6–12 mm), strigillose trichomes on plant surfaces, presence of a narrow white border on the leaflet margins, and ovate leaflets with reticulated abaxial surfaces. (vide abstract). Etymology: The new species is named to honor Geraldine Watson (1925–), botanist, conservationist, author, musician, founder of the Pinelands Research Institute, and one of the impelling forces behind the creation of the Big Thicket National Preserve in southeastern Texas.