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Family: Rubiaceae
Galium tricornutum

Citation: Dandy, Watsonia 4:47 (1957).

Synonymy: G. tricorne Stokes in With., Bot. Arr. Brit. Pl. edn 2, 1:153 (1787).

Common name: Three-horned bedstraw, rough corn bedstraw.

Annuals with weak stems up to 60 cm long, scrambling; stems quadrangular, with short recurred hairs along the raised ridges, leaves and stipules equal, in whorls of 4 below but usually in whorls of 6-8 when flowering, oblanceolate, 10-50 mm long, acute to cuspidate, with usually densely placed recurved short hairs along the slightly recurved margin and the main vein on the undersurface, spreading to recurved later.

Inflorescences axillary, 2 per node and each usually with 3 flowers, with peduncles shorter than the subtending leaves; corolla white.

Fruit 3-5 mm long, with 2 broadly reniform to hemispherical mericarps, loosely attached to one another, each densely covered with acute tubercles; fruiting pedicels recurved.

Published illustration: Ross-Craig (1960) Drawings Brit. Pl. 14: pl. 23.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: EA, EP, NL, YP, SL, KI, SE.   W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.   Native to most parts of Europe and as far as central Asia but now a widely introduced weed.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: mainly Aug. — Jan.

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