Galium australe

Tangled Bedstraw

Twining perennial herb with slender tangled square stems, hairs few or dense.

Additional information

  • FamilyRubiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizestems 20-60 cm long
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesRings of 4 elliptic to egg-shaped dark green to brown leaves, equal in length, 4-15 mm x 1.5-4 mm, scattered hairs, often small point on tip, margins curved under.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeSeptember to February
  • FlowersClusters of 1-7 tiny flowers in leaf axils. Stalks on clusters 5-12 mm, on individual flowers 2-10 mm long, curved towards the end. Flowers usually held above leaves.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soil in open forest. Semi shade to dappled shade.
  • Garden useSmall scrambler for shady moist positions amongst other herbs.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common in other areas of Victoria.
Photographer/s: 1 M. Moir, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 2, 3 Russell Best, NatureShare ©

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