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Galium kamtschaticum
boreal bedstraw

Distribution: Chiefly west of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska south to Washington, east to eastern North America.

Habitat: Moist, cold coniferous woods.

Flowers: July-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial herbs from slender, creeping rhizomes, the stems arising singly, erect, 1-2 dm. tall, glabrous.


Leaves in 2-4 whorls of 4, thin and veiny, broadly obovate to broadly obovate-elliptic, 1-3 cm. long and to 1/3 as broad, with a sharp point on the rounded tip, the base wedge-shaped.


Inflorescence open, with 1-3 elongate peduncles from the uppermost whorl of leaves, usually 2- to 3-flowered, occasionally more; calyx obsolete; corolla rotate, yellowish-white, 3 mm. wide, the 4 lobes much longer than the tube; ovary 2-celled, inferior.


Fruit dry, about 1.5 mm. high, with numerous, well-developed, hooked bristles.

Accepted Name:
Galium kamtschaticum Steller ex Schult. & Schult. f.
Publication: Mant. 3: 186. 1827.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Galium kamtschaticum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Galium kamtschaticum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Galium kamtschaticum photos.

USDA Plants: Galium kamtschaticum information.

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