Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz
Galium asprellum Michx.
Galium: from Greek word gala, "milk," and alluding to the fact that certain species were used to curdle milk
asprellum: somewhat rough
|Plant: ||erect to sprawling, perennial forb with many branches, spreading to 7'; stems prickly-rough on the 4-angles; from creeping rhizomes|
|Flower: ||white, 4-parted, 1/8" wide; inflorescence less than 3/4" wide, branching 1-3 times, with a few flowers both terminal and from the upper leaf axils; blooms May-Aug.|
|Leaf:||main stem with whorls of 6 rough leaves, 4 or 5 on the branches; elliptical to lance-like, usually widest above the middle, sharply pointed|
|Habitat: ||wet; woods, thickets|