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);

Goatsrue is an herbaceous, perennial plant found in Utah, Pennsylvania, and New York that can grow up to 6 ft. (1.8 m) in height. Goatsrue is listed as a Federal Noxious Weed. Plants are shrubby and multi-stemmed with alternate, pinnately compound leaves. Purple to white, pea-like flowers are arranged in terminal or axillary racemes and are present from June to July. Fruits are short pods with up to 9 seeds each. Goatsrue invades wet, disturbed areas such as streambanks, low pastures and ditches. It can form dense thickets and is toxic to livestock. Goatsrue is native to the Middle East and was first introduced into the United States in Utah in 1891 as forage for livestock.

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USDA APHIS PPQ Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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USDA APHIS PPQ Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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Seed(s);
USDA APHIS PPQ Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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Foliage;
USDA APHIS PPQ Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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USDA APHIS PPQ Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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USDA APHIS PPQ Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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Infestation; in pasture
Randy Westbrooks, U.S. Geological Survey, 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 Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
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State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.

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