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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Galium wrightii - Wright's bedstraw

Synonyms: Galium frankliniense, Galium rothrockii, Galium wrightii var. rothrockii
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Rubiaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Perennial herb, erect to sprawling. Somewhat shrubby, slightly woody at the base.
Identification notes: Leaves linear to lance-shaped with attachment at narrower end, tapering to a point; flower cluster open, branches longer, spreading, corolla purple or brown; plants not dioecious; hairs of fruit straight, soft, white; fruits conspicuously hairy.
Height: 6 to 24 inches


Habitat Description: Shady, rocky canyons, pinyon-pine woodland.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 3000 - 8500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Red to purplish-brown     Shape: Regular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: May - Oct
Description: Tiny flowers have 3 or 4 red or pink petals per flower and may be bisexual or unisexual on individual plants.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Whorl     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: The leaves are present in whorls of four at the nodes.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Green to brown   
Fruit Type: Nutlet
Fruit Notes: Tiny nutlets are covered with long, straight hairs.

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