Common name: Tangled Bedstraw
Galium australe DC. APNI*
Synonyms: Galium squalidum Hook.f. APNI*
Description: Straggling or intertwining perennial; stems weak, usually little-branched, 20–60 cm long, sparsely to densely hairy, rarely glabrous.
Leaves and stipules in whorls of 4, elliptic to lanceolate or oblong, 4–12 mm long, 1.5–4 mm wide, apex acute to obtuse-mucronate, upper surface with antrorse hairs, occasionally with spreading hairs or rarely ± glabrous, lower surface with hairs confined to the midvein; petiole minute.
Inflorescences 1–7-flowered; peduncles 5–12 mm long; pedicels 2.5–10 mm long, ± apically curved. Flowers c. 2 mm long, white.
Fruit c. 1.5 mm long with numerous ± transparent hooked hairs 0.3–0.5 mm long.
Flowering: mostly summer.
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. W.A. S.A.
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Endangered
This species is considered data-deficient by Saving our Species (SoS, DPIE) which means a conservation project cannot be developed for it. Visit their website and contact SoS if you have additional information.
Text by T. A. James & W. K. Allen
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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