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Family: Rubiaceae
Galium curvihirtum

Citation: Ehrend. & McGillivray, Telopea 2:373 (1983).

Synonymy: G. australe sensu J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 539 (1929), partly.

Common name: None

Biennials or perennials?, with stems rarely longer than 40 cm, moderately to little-branched from a scarcely woody base, scrambling to prostrate; weak stems quadrangular, with teeth bent downwards, rarely glabrous but usually with a few hairs or teeth on the leaf sheath; leaves and stipules equal, in whorls of 4, linear-lanceolate to linear-elliptic, 4-15 x 1-2.5 mm, usually acute, glabrous or with a few scattered hairs mainly on the upper surface, usually with a strongly recurved leaf margin, spreading to reflexed later.

Inflorescences 1 or 2 per node, with peduncles about as long as or just longer than the subtending 'leaves', usually 3- rarely 5-flowered; corolla cream rarely white; fruit c. 1.5 mm long, with 2 reniform mericarps touching one another, each densely covered with fine curved hairs.

Fruiting pedicels spreading but often slightly recurved below the fruit.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: SL, KI, SE.   Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Oct. — Nov.

SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: Some specimens of this species were included by J. Black (1929) under G. australe which is, however, distinguished by its longer hooked hairs on the fruit. The fruits of G. curvihirtum are covered with fine curved or coiled hairs which are narrow at their base as opposed to the broad bases of the recurved pointed papillae in some forms of G. migrans.

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