North Carolina Wildflowers

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Rubiaceae>Galium (bedstraw)

Hairy Bedstraw (Galium pilosum) Hairy Bedstraw (Galium pilosum)
Mixed forest in Wake Co., NC
23 May 2009

Common statewide in forests, edges, and clearings in NC.

Hairy Bedstraw (Galium pilosum) Hairy Bedstraw (Galium pilosum)
Mixed forest in Wake Co., NC
23 May 2009

Four ovate-elliptic leaves per whorl.

Hairy Bedstraw (Galium pilosum) Hairy Bedstraw (Galium pilosum)
Mixed forest in Wake Co., NC
23 May 2009

Leaves are pilose or hairy with the largest leaves around 2.5 cm in length.

Hairy Bedstraw (Galium pilosum) Hairy Bedstraw (Galium pilosum)
Mixed forest in Wake Co., NC
23 May 2009

Stems are variably hairy.

Hairy Bedstraw (Galium pilosum) Hairy Bedstraw (Galium pilosum)
Mixed forest in Wake Co., NC
23 May 2009

The tiny flowers are on short stalks (pedicels) and can be cream, green, or maroon.

Hairy Bedstraw (Galium pilosum) Hairy Bedstraw (Galium pilosum)
Mixed forest in Wake Co., NC
23 May 2009

Hairy Bedstraw (Galium pilosum) Hairy Bedstraw (Galium pilosum)
Mixed forest in Wake Co., NC
23 May 2009



Annotated habitat and distribution information listed above is from Radford, Ahles, & Bell. 1968. Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. UNC Press; and from personal observations and discussions with Will Cook, Harry LeGrand, and Bob Wilbur. Common names from personal experience and supplemented by the following resources USDA plants website, Flora of the Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia, and NatureServe.


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