Galium divaricatum Lam.

Slender Bedstraw

Encycl. 2: 580 (1788) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Spreading annual; stems fine, to c. 30 cm long, becoming wiry and slightly woody at base, glabrous or with a few minute prickles. Leaves and stipules subsessile, c. equal, in whorls of 6–8 below, decreasing to 2 on flowering branches, linear to oblanceolate, 3–10 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, acute and often mucronate, surfaces more or less glabrous, margins with tiny antrorse prickles. Inflorescences 3–12-flowered; peduncles mostly 10–15 mm long; pedicels mostly 2–5 mm long. Corolla 0.4–0.7 mm diam., yellow, tinged red. Fruit subglobose, 0.4–0.8 mm long; mericarps reniform, touching one another, covered with tubercles or papillae. Flowers Sep.–Jan.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *HSF, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *Strz, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, NI, ACT, Tas. Native of Europe to South-east Asia. A widespread weed of drier inland habitats.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Rubiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-01-24
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Rubiaceae
genus Galium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Galium divaricatum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Galium divaricatum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory