Galium obtusum
Family: Rubiaceae
blunt-leaf bedstraw, wild madder
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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 matting, perennial, 8"-32" tall forb, many branches throughout; stems smooth except for the densely bearded nodes
Leaves: main leaves in whorls of 4, mostly blunt tipped, more than 1/10" wide
Flowers: white, 4-parted, 1/8" wide, lobes longer than wide; inflorescence a short, mostly terminal, 1-2 times-branched cluster of 3-5 flowers; blooms May-July
Fruits: smooth
Habitat: moist to wet; swamps, thickets, meadows
Conservation Status: Native
Galium obtusum image
Galium obtusum image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Galium obtusum image
Galium obtusum image
Galium obtusum image
Galium obtusum image
Galium obtusum image
Galium obtusum image
Galium obtusum image