Airy Shaw & Turrill, Kew Bull. 1928:100 (1928) var. tetraphylla Airy Shaw & Turfill, Kew Bull. 1928:100 (1928).
Synonymy: A. gunnii sensu J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 537 (1929), non Hook. f.
Common name: Broad-leaved woodruff.
Perennial with a slightly woody base producing many weak wiry branches up to 15 cm long, usually much-branched, decumbent to prostrate; stems quadrangular, rarely terete later, covered with fine recurved hairs particularly densely near the nodes; leaves and stipules about equal, in whorls of 4, subpetiolate, ovate to broadly elliptic, 3-7 mm long, acute to obtuse, with many short recurved hairs along the margin and the main vein on the undersurface, erect to somewhat spreading.
Inflorescence 1-3 terminal dichasia each with 5-7 flowers, shorter to slightly longer than the subtending leaves; corolla white.
Fruit 1.5-2 mm long, deeply 2-lobed but usually not breaking apart.
Flowering time: Nov. — Dec.
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The habit of plants together with the ovate 'leaves' in whorls of 4 is rather similar to Galium compactum, but the latter is vegetatively distinguished by its long erect hairs on the leaves and stems.
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