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Galega officinalis (professorweed; goatsrue; Professor Weed; professor-weed; goat's rue; Goat's-rue; Galega; Echte Geissraute)

Synonyms: Galega bicolor; Galega patula; Galega persica; Galega vulgaris
Language: Azerbaijani; French; Georgian; Romanian; Russian; Ukrainian

Wikipedia Abstract

Galega officinalis, commonly known as galega, goat's-rue, French lilac, Italian fitch, or professor-weed, is an herbaceous plant in the Faboideae subfamily. It is native to the Middle East, but it has been naturalized in Europe, western Asia, and western Pakistan. The plant has been extensively cultivated as a forage crop, an ornamental, a bee plant and as green manure.
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Height [1]  3.9 feet (1.2 m)
Width [1]  30 inches (0.75 m)
Light Preference [2]  Mostly Sunny
Soil Acidity [2]  Neutral
Soil Fertility [2]  Rich
Soil Moisture [2]  Moist
Edible [1]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [1]  Hermaphrodite
Hazards [1]  A few reports exist, none of them in Britain, of toxicity to mammals;
Lifespan [1]  Perennial
Pollinators [1]  Insects, Lepidoptera
Structure [3]  Herb
Usage [1]  A fast-growing plant, it makes a good green manure crop, enriching the soil with organic matter and also fixing atmospheric nitrogen; The plant is used cosmetically in hand and foot bathes;
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Braunton Burrows 3328 England, United Kingdom
Burnham Beeches 946 England, United Kingdom  
Carmarthen Bay and Estuaries/ Bae Caerfyrddin ac Aberoedd 163340 Wales, United Kingdom
Dorset Heaths 14161 England, United Kingdom
Essex Estuaries 114016 England, United Kingdom
Humber Estuary 90582 England, United Kingdom
Kavkazskiy Biosphere Reserve Ia 692723 Krasnodar, Karachay-Cherkessia, Adygea, Russia
Lanín National Park II 536819 Neuquen, Argentina
Lyme Bay and Torbay 77215 England, United Kingdom
Palava Protected Landscape Area V   Czech Republic  
Pevensey Levels 8860 England, United Kingdom  
Sefton Coast 11278 England, United Kingdom
Severn Estuary/ Môr Hafren 182155 England/Wales, United Kingdom
Solent Maritime 27985 England, United Kingdom
The New Forest 72309 England, United Kingdom
Thursley, Ash, Pirbright and Chobham 12696 England, United Kingdom


Acyrthosiphon pisum (Pea aphid)[4]
Hypera postica (Alfalfa weevil)[4]
Lampides boeticus (bean butterfly)[4]
Liriomyza congesta[4]
Nothoprocta perdicaria (Chilean Tinamou)[5]
Sitona hispidulus (clover-root weevil)[4]
Sitona obsoletus[4]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Svalbard Global Seed Vault


Afghanistan (native); Albania (native); Algeria (native); Argentina (introduced); Austria (native); Azerbaijan (native); Belgium (introduced); Bulgaria (native); China (introduced); Corsica (uncertain); Czechoslovakia (native); East Aegean Is(Greek) (native); France (native); Germany (native); Great Britain (introduced); Greece (native); Gruzia (native); Hungary (native); Iran (native); Italy (native); Mauritius (introduced); Moldova (native); Morocco (native); New Zealand(North) (introduced); Pakistan (native); Peru (introduced); Poland (native); Portugal (introduced); Romania (native); Russia in Asia (native); Russia in Europe (native); South Africa (introduced); Spain (native); Switzerland (introduced); Turkey in Asia (native); Turkey in Europe (native); Ukraine (native); United States (introduced); Yugoslavia (native);



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1Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
2ECOFACT 2a Technical Annex - Ellenberg’s indicator values for British Plants, M O Hill, J O Mountford, D B Roy & R G H Bunce (1999)
3Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
4Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
5Gonzalez-Acuna, D., Riquelme Salazar, P., Cruzatt Molina, J., Lopez Sepulveda, P., Skewes Ramm, O., Figueroa, R., & Ricardo, A. (2006). Diet of the Chilean Tinamou (Nothoprocta perdicaria) in south central Chile. Ornitología Neotropical, 17(3), 467-472.
Protected Areas provided by GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
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