Galium palustre L.

Marsh Bedstraw

Sp. Pl. 1: 105 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect or scandent annual; stems slender, to 150 cm long, glabrous or with a few scattered minute and slightly retrorse prickles. Leaves and stipules subsessile, stipules becoming conspicuously shorter than leaves upwards, predominantly in whorls of 4, often with a few whorls of 5 or 6, narrow-spathulate or oblanceolate to narrow-oblanceolate, 7–20 mm long, 1–4 mm wide, obtuse to rounded with terminal hair occasionally present, upper surface glabrous except for minute antrorse short hairs near margin, lower surface glabrous or with a few to numerous spreading to slightly retrorse hairs along midrib; margins flat, recurved or revolute. Inflorescences 5–15-flowered, mostly exceeding whorls when mature; peduncles 1–10 mm long; pedicels 0.5–5 mm long. Corolla 2–4.5 mm diam., white or tinged pink. Fruit depressed-globose, 0.8–1.3 mm long; mericarps globose, touching one another, smooth to rugose, finely papillose, blackish-brown or purple-brown, glabrous. Flowers summer–early autumn.

*GipP, *VVP. SA, NSW, Tas. Recorded from a swamp near Portland in the south-west and a seasonally inundated Eucalyptus camaldulensis woodland near Rosedale in the Latrobe Valley.

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 palustre in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Galium palustre in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales