West Highland Flora

Heath Bedstraw


Galium saxatile

 

Galium saxatile

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Jun 2003 Penifiler, Skye

Very common on acid ground whether rocks, turf, bare soil or old dykes, especially in moorland areas.

Flower diameter c 2.5-4.5 mm

ID: Leaves in whorls of 6-8, ending in a short point.  Flowers white, with petals much longer than tube.  Stems not rough.  Compact mat-forming plant, not large and straggly.

Other features: Can carpet areas of rocks or banks to give a white cushion effect when in flower.  Leaves have foward-pointing prickles along edges.  Anthers yellow when young (dark red in Marsh Bedstraw)  Fruit without bristles, covered with pointed tubercles.

 

Galium saxatile

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Sep 2002 Portree, Skye

Fruits

  Galium saxatile

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Sep 2002 Portree, Skye

Leaves showing point at tip


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