Galium compactum Ehrend. & McGill.

Compact Bedstraw

Telopea 2: 370 (1983) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Caespitose or straggling perennial, often rhizomatous; stems slender, mostly 3–8 cm long, usually numerous, pilose to glabrescent. Leaves and stipules subsessile, c. equal, in whorls of 4, ovate to narrow-ovate, mostly 3.5–4.5 mm long and 1.5–1.8 mm wide, acute, upper surface pilose to glabrescent, lower surface pilose to glabrescent with hairs mostly on midrib and the recurved margins. Inflorescences mostly 1–3-flowered, not exceeding whorls when mature, or occassionally lowermost 1 or 2 exceeding whorls; peduncles to 0.5 mm long; pedicels to 0.5 mm long. Corolla 2–3 mm diam., greenish-yellow. Fruit depressed-globose, 1.2–1.6 mm long; mericarps reniform, touching one another, rugose. Flowers Sep.–Jan.

Brid, Glep, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also SA, Tas. In Victoria confined to sandy soils of coastal and near-coastal regions in south western Victoria with disjunct occurrences near Geelong and Wilson's Promontory.

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: Andre Messina, 2019-05-30
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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 compactum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Galium compactum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Otway Ranges present native

State distribution

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South Australia