Cunn., Ann. Nat. Hist. 2:205 (1839).
Synonymy: G. umbrosum Forster f. ex Hook. f., Handb. N.Z. Fl. 1:121 (1864), nom. illegit.
Common name: Maori bedstraw.
Perennial with frequently branched weak stems up to 20 cm long, prostrate to ascending; stems quadrangular, usually glabrous, rarely with a few recurred hairs along the raised ridges; leaves and stipules subequal to varying, usually in whorls of 4, with petioles up to 1 mm long; lamina usually broadly elliptic, 3-8 mm long, acute to cuspidate, with a few scattered bristles pointing towards the apex of the leaf on the upper surface and mainly along the scarcely recurved margin, spreading.
Inflorescence axillary, usually 1 or 2 per node, each with 1 to rarely 3 flowers, with filiform peduncles often longer than the leaves; corolla white; fruit c. 1.5 mm long, with 2 broadly reniform mericarps touching one another, each finely denticulate with each tooth more or less prolonged into a recurved hair.
Fruit stalk spreading.
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 621.
moist areas in deep shade.
S.Aust.: SL. Qld; N.S.W.; Vic. New Zealand.
Flowering time: Oct. — Nov.
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