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Galium gaudichaudii ssp. gaudichaudii

Rough Bedstraw

Scrambling non-rhizomatous perennial ground cover. Slender stems have prickles facing down.

Additional information

  • FamilyRubiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeProstrate-30 cm x 0.5-2 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesRings of 4 narrowly egg-shaped to narrow leaves, equal in length, 5-8 mm x 0.8-1.3 mm, scattered hairs above, on midrib only below, margins strongly curved under.
  • Flower colourCream
  • Flowering timeSeptember to December
  • FlowersClusters of 1-7 tiny flowers in leaf axils, purplish in bud. Stalks on individual flowers to 1 mm long.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to dry well drained soil in forests, scrubs and grasslands. Semi shade dappled sun.
  • Garden useLow scrambling plant which will climb over small plants. Grow in bush garden under trees amongst mix of shrubs.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Related speciesGalium leiocarpum differs in having more compact habit, wider leaves and flower stalks more than 2 mm long. It prefers moister habitats.
Photographer/s: 1 Peter Kinchington ©; 2 Richard Hartland ©; 4 Swee Oon ©; 3, 5 Chris Lindorff, NatureShare ©

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