Galium leptogonium I.Thomps.

Muelleria 27: 84, 85 (2009) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Prostrate to scandent perennial; stems slender, mostly 8–45 cm long, with slender hairs to c. 1 mm long, sometimes with retrorse prickles, or ± glabrous. Leaves and stipules subsessile, subequal, in whorls of 4, spathulate, elliptic, narrow-elliptic, or narrow-obovate to oblanceolate, 3–15 mm long, 1.5–6 mm wide, obtuse to acute or acuminate, sometimes with a terminal hair, upper surface with clear slender hairs, abaxial surface with clear slender hairs on midrib; margins flat to recurved, with clear slender hairs. Inflorescences (1–)2–6(–10)-flowered, mostly exceeding whorls when mature; peduncles (2–)3–12(–20) mm long; pedicels (1.5–)3–10 mm long. Corolla 1.5–2.5 mm diam., cream or greenish-cream, sometimes tinged purple-red abaxially. Fruit depressed-globose, c. 1–1.2 mm long; mericarps ellipsoid to sub-globose or reniform, touching one another, rugose, dark reddish-brown or dark brown, covered with short pustules that usually mature into rounded or triangular protuberances. Flowers spring–autumn.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, GGr, HNF, MonT, OtP, Strz, VRiv, VVP, WPro. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW. Sporadically recorded from forest, woodland and grassland and often in rock crevices, throughout Victoria but not yet known from the north-west.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-03-09
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 leptogonium in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Galium leptogonium in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales