Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Galium obtusum Bigelow subsp. obtusum image
Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz           
Family Rubiaceae
Galium obtusum Bigelow subsp. obtusum
blunt-leaf bedstraw, wild madder
Galium: from Greek word gala, "milk," and alluding to the fact that certain species were used to curdle milk
obtusum: from Latin obtus meaning "dull or blunt"
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Status: Native
Plant: erect to matting, perennial, 8"-32" tall forb, many branches throughout; stems smooth except for the densely bearded nodes
Flower: white, 4-parted, 1/8" wide, lobes longer than wide; inflorescence a short, mostly terminal, 1-2 times-branched cluster of 3-5 flowers; blooms May-July
Leaf:main leaves in whorls of 4, mostly blunt tipped, more than 1/10" wide
Habitat: moist to wet; swamps, thickets, meadows

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All Galium list Google- Images or Text
Galium obtusum Bigelow var. obtusum
Galium obtusum Bigelow var. ramosum Gleason
Galium trifidum L. var. latifolium Torr.

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