Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Galium tinctorium L. image
Photographer: Gary Fewless           

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Emmet J. Judziewicz
Family Rubiaceae
Galium tinctorium L.
southern three-lobed bedstraw, stiff bedstraw
Galium: from Greek word gala, "milk," and alluding to the fact that certain species were used to curdle milk
tinctorium: used in dyeing, usually referring to a plant that, when broken, exudes some kind of stain
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Status: Native
Plant: erect to sprawling, perennial forb, with many stems and branches scrambling over other vegetation; stems nodes not obviously bearded
Flower: whitish, tiny, 3-parted, lobes as wide or wider than long, stalks less than 1/4"; many clusters of usually 1-3 flowers both terminal and from the leaf axils; blooms June-Aug.
Leaf:whorls of 4-6 usually with some having at least 5, mostly linear with a blunt tip
Habitat: moist to wet; wetlands; in alkaline soil

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Galium list Ethnobotany Information Google- Images or Text
Asperula tinctoria L.
Galium claytonii Michx.
Galium obtusum Bigelow var. floridanum (Wiegand) Fernald
Galium tinctorium L. subsp. floridanum (Wiegand) Puff
Galium tinctorium L. var. diversifolium W.Wight
Galium tinctorium L. var. floridanum Wiegand
Galium trifidum L. subsp. tinctorium (L.) Hara
Galium trifidum L. var. tinctorium (L.) Torr. & A.Gray

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