Galium polyanthum I.Thomps.

Muelleria 27: 90 (2009) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Trailing to semi-erect perennial; stems slender, mostly 15–60 cm long, with dense slender hairs to 0.8 mm long. Leaves and stipules subsessile, subequal below inflorescences, stipules decreasing in length upwards, in whorls of 4, narrow-elliptic or linear-elliptic, 3–25 mm long, 1–6 mm wide, acute or slightly obtuse with terminal hair occasionally present, upper surface with clear slender hairs, abaxial surface with clear slender hairs on midrib and occasionally elsewhere; margins recurved or revolute, with clear slender hairs. Inflorescences (2–)3–30-flowered, exceeding whorls when mature; peduncles 2–15 mm long; pedicels 1–6 mm long. Corolla 1.8–2.5(–3) mm diam., greenish-cream or cream, sometimes red abaxially. Fruit depressed-globose, 1.0–1.1 mm long; mericarps reniform, touching one another, dark brown, rugose, glabrous. Flowers mid-spring–summer.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp, VRiv. Also NSW, ACT. Throughout forests of the east, often among rocks.

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 polyanthum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Galium polyanthum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory