Galium microlobum I.Thomps.

Muelleria 27: 100 (2009) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Ascending to prostrate annual, rarely perennial; stems slender, mostly 6–25 cm long, with sparsely hairy and  scabrous. Leaves and stipules subsessile, c. equal below inflorescences, stipules decreasing in length upwards to one third to two thirds leaf length, in whorls of 4, oblanceolate, narrow-elliptic, narrow-lanceolate or narrow-oblong-elliptic, 1–10 mm long, 0.5–2 mm wide, acute, upper surface with clear antrorse prickles, abaxial surface glabrous or with few clear prickles on midrib; margins recurved to revolute, with antrorse prickles. Inflorescences 1–3-flowered, shorter than whorl; peduncles to 1 mm long; pedicels to 1 mm long. Corolla 0.8–1.0 mm diam., greenish-cream abaxially, usually intensely purplish-red abaxially. Fruit depressed-globose, 0.8–1 mm diam.; mericarps reniform, touching one another, smooth or obscurely rugose, dark-brown or dark-purple, glabrous. Flowers late winter–spring.

NIS, VRiv. Also SA, NSW. In Victoria around rocky outcrops in woodland at Mt Hope near Kerang in the north and the Warby Range in the north-east.

The flowers and mericarps of this species are the smallest of the Australian native Galium species (Thompson 2009).

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-03-15
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-01-24
Distribution map
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 microlobum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Galium microlobum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales