Asperula gemella Airy Shaw & Turrill

Twin-leaf Bedstraw

Bull. Misc. Inform. 1928: 102 (1928) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Scrambling or often climbing perennial; stems slender, to 1 m long, usually glabrous. Leaves and stipules sessile, c. equal, in whorls of 4 on lower stems, stipules minute or absent above; leaves linear to linear-lanceolate, mostly 5–30 mm long and 1–5 mm wide, subacute, surfaces almost glabrous, margins revolute, rarely with a few tiny recurved hairs. Inflorescences terminal or axillary cymes, mostly 5–7-flowered, usually longer than leaves. Corolla 1.5–2 mm long on male flowers, 1–1.5 mm long on females, yellowish-green; corolla-tube very short. Fruit deeply 2-lobed; mericarps subglobose, 2–3 mm diam., rugose, brown to black. Flowers Sep.–Mar.

Gold, MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv. Also SA, NSW. Rare in Victoria where known only from moist riparian sites along the Murray River downstream from Kerang, and with an isolated record from the upper Avoca River.

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-29
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Rubiaceae
genus Asperula
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Asperula gemella in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Asperula gemella in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native

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South Australia
New South Wales