Galium labradoricum (Wiegand) Wiegand
Family: Rubiaceae
Labrador marsh bedstraw, northern bog bedstraw
Galium labradoricum image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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, 4"-16" tall forb, simple or with upper branches; stems thin, smooth except with dense short hairs at the nodes; creeping rhizomes
Leaves: whorls of 4, mostly blunt-tipped, backward curving with age, usually less than 1/10" wide
Flowers: white, 4-parted, 1/8" wide, lobes longer than wide; inflorescence a few, mostly terminal, 1/8"-1/3" tall clusters of 3 flowers; blooms June-July
Fruits: smooth
Habitat: wet; cold bogs, swamps, thickets
Conservation Status: Native