Galium verum L.

Lady's Bedstraw

Sp. Pl. 1: 107 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Erect or ascending stoloniferous perennial; stems coarse,to 120 cm long,  with abundant weak tangled hairs 0.1–0.3 mm long, becoming glabrescent with age. Leaves and stipules sessile, c. equal, mostly in whorls of 6 or 8, narrow-linear, 10–20 mm long, 0.4–1 mm wide, narrowly acute with a minute hyaline extension and a smaller terminal hair, upper surface with scattered minute antrorse prickles, lower surface glabrous except for pubescent midrib sides; margins revolute to midrib. Inflorescences paniculate, many-flowered; pedicels c. 1 mm long. Corolla 3–4 mm diam., golden-yellow. Fruit  globose, 1–1.2 mm long; mericarps broad-ellipsoid, touching one another, maturing black, smooth, glabrous. Flowers summer.

Native to northern Africa, Asia, and Europe. Collected once in Victoria in 1948 from Kongwak, South Gippsland.

Created by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2016-03-15
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-01-24
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Rubiaceae
genus Galium
Higher taxa
species Galium verum L.


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Galium verum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Galium verum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain extinct introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia