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Galium oreganum
Oregon bedstraw

Distribution: From the Cascade Mountains west in Washington; Washington south to Oregon.

Habitat: Moist woods and meadows, from sea level to 5000 feet in the mountains.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial herbs from slender, creeping rhizomes, the stems arising singly, erect, 1-4 dm. tall, glabrous.


Leaves in 5-8 whorls of 4, with coarse, firm hairs on the margins and 3 main veins, elliptic to elliptic-ovate, 1.5-5 cm. long and 1/3 to 2/3 as wide.


Inflorescence of several peduncles from the axils of terminal and often sub-terminal whorls of leaves, with many flowers; calyx obsolete; corolla rotate, white, about 3 mm. wide, the 4 lobes much longer than the tube, pointed; ovary 2-celled, inferior.


Fruit dry, 2 mm. high, with numerous well-developed, hooked bristles

Accepted Name:
Galium oreganum Britton
Publication: Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 21(1): 31. 1894.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Galium kamtschaticum Steller ex Schult. & Schult. f. var. oreganum (Britton) Piper
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Galium oreganum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Galium oreganum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Galium oreganum photos.

USDA Plants: Galium oreganum information.

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