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Family: Rubiaceae
Galium divaricatum

Citation: Lam., Encycl. 2:580 (1788).

Synonymy: G. parisiense L. var. australe Ewart & Jean White, Proc. R. Soc. Vic. n.s. 21:541 (1909).

Common name: Slender bedstraw.

Slender annuals with usually much branched stems rarely up to 30 cm long and becoming wiry to slightly woody, spreading; wiry stems quadrangular to terete, glabrous or with scattered short hairs; leaves and stipules equal, in whorls of 6-8 at the base but gradually decreasing to 2 on flowering branches, linear to linear-lanceolate, 3-10 mm long, piliferous to cuspidate and with a colourless seta, with few bristles pointing towards the apex of the leaf mainly along the somewhat recurved margin, spreading or old leaves reflexed and more or less against the stem.

Inflorescences axillary, 2 per node, each with 3-12 flowers, with filiform peduncles 3-6 times longer than the subtending leaves; corolla yellow and more or less tinged red; fruit 0.5-1 mm long, with 2 slender reniform mericarps touching one another, each finely granulate.

Fruiting pedicels spreading.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: FR, NL, MU, SL, KI, SE.   W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.   Mainly southern Europe to south-east Asia.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: Oct. — Jan.

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