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Galium triflorum
fragrant bedstraw, three-flowered bedstraw
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Widely distributed on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; circumboreal; widely distributed throughout North America.

Habitat: Moist woods, from sea level to moderate elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Perennial herbs from creeping rhizomes, the stems 2-8 dm. long, prostrate to ascending or scrambling on other vegetation, usually hooked-scabrous at least below on the edges of the square stem.

Leaves:

Leaves vanilla-scented, usually in whorls of 6, narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, sharp-pointed, 1.5-4.5 cm. long, 1-nerved, usually with scabrous hairs on the margins and midrib beneath, otherwise glabrous.

Flowers:

Peduncles axillary, elongate, 3-flowered, with divergent pedicels; calyx obsolete; corolla rotate, whitish, 2-3 mm. wide, the 4 lobes much longer than the tube; ovary 2-celled, inferior.

Fruits:

Fruit dry, 1.5-2 mm. long, covered with hooked bristles 0.5-1 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Galium triflorum Michx.
Publication: Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 80. 1803.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Galium triflorum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Galium triflorum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Galium triflorum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Galium triflorum photos.

USDA Plants: Galium triflorum information.

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