West Highland Flora

Marsh Bedstraw


Galium palustre

 

Galium palustre

Photo Carl Farmer
24 Jun 2003 Glenbrittle, Skye
Largest flowers c 5 mm across

Common in bogs, marshes, ditches and pools.

Flower diameter c 3 mm (ssp palustre), c 4.5 mm (ssp elongatum)

ID: Leaves 1-veined, in whorls of 4-6.  Flowers white, petals much longer than tube.

Other features: Not forming mats like Heath Bedstraw.  Stems straggle upwards supported on surrounding vegetation, and flowers are in loose spreading panicles when fully open (still compact in these pictures, which are of ssp elongatum).  Stems smooth or slightly rough on the angles, but not clinging to clothing like Goosegrass.  Prickles on leaf-edge are supposed to be backward-pointing but can generally be found pointing in all directions.

 

Galium palustre

Photo Carl Farmer
24 Jun 2003 Glenbrittle, Skye

 

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