Galium palustre L.
Family: Rubiaceae
common marsh bedstraw,  more...
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Etymology: Galium: from Greek word gala, "milk," and alluding to the fact that certain species were used to curdle milk
Plants: erect to sprawling, perennial, 8"-24" tall forb; stems thin, nodes not bearded
Leaves: whorls of 2-6, mostly linear, blunt tipped
Flowers: white, 4-parted, 1/8" wide, lobes sharply pointed; inflorescence an often-branched cluster with 5 or more flowers; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: smooth
Habitat: wet
Conservation Status: Introduced - locally established (Listed as Special Concern by WI DNR)
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