goatsrue USDA PLANTS Symbol: GAOF
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Forbs/Herbs Shrub or Subshrub
Galega officinalis L.

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Fabales: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Synonym(s): goat's rue, professor-weed
Native Range: Central Europe to Iran (BAIL);

Appearance
Galega officinalis is an herbaceous, perennial plant found in Utah, Pennsylvania, and New York that can grow up to 6 ft. (1.8 m) in height. Plants are shrubby.
Foliage
Leaves are multi-stemmed with alternate, pinnately compound.
Flowers
Purple to white, pea-like flowers are arranged in terminal or axillary racemes and are present from June to July.
Fruit
Fruits are short pods with up to 9 seeds each.
Ecological Threat
Galega officinalis invades wet, disturbed areas such as streambanks, low pastures and ditches. It can form dense thickets and is toxic to livestock.

Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources

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Plant(s);
USDA APHIS PPQ - Oxford, North Carolina , USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
USDA APHIS PPQ - Oxford, North Carolina , USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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Seed(s);
USDA APHIS PPQ - Oxford, North Carolina , USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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Foliage;
USDA APHIS PPQ - Oxford, North Carolina , USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
USDA APHIS PPQ - Oxford, North Carolina , USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
USDA APHIS PPQ - Oxford, North Carolina , USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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Infestation; in pasture
Randy Westbrooks, Invasive Plant Control, Inc., Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); in flower
Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org
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Seed(s); Seeds 3.5-4.5 x 1.5-2 x 1.5 mm
USDA APHIS PPQ , USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
 


State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.


Invasive Listing Sources:
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, 1994.
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2005