OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Galium latifolium   FAMILY Rubiaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Galium latifolium   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 173-10-008:
Galium latifolium   FAMILY Rubiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Purple Bedstraw, Wideleaf Bedstraw


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image of Galium latifolium, Purple Bedstraw, Wideleaf Bedstraw

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_gala4_001_lvd

        

image of Galium latifolium, Purple Bedstraw, Wideleaf Bedstraw

JK Marlow    jkm140627_413c

June    Transylvania County    NC

Foothills Trail

Sepals usually obsolete. Corolla maroon, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Galium latifolium, Purple Bedstraw, Wideleaf Bedstraw

JK Marlow    jkm140627_418

June    Transylvania County    NC

Foothills Trail

Leaf margins and veins hispidulous [minutely rough with firm stiff hairs], per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Galium latifolium, Purple Bedstraw, Wideleaf Bedstraw

JK Marlow    jkm150621_348

June    Jackson County    NC

Foothills Trail

Ovate-lanceolate leaves tapering to a sharp point at the end, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Galium latifolium, Purple Bedstraw, Wideleaf Bedstraw

JK Marlow    jkm200613_5838

June    Jackson County    NC

Foothills Trail

Flowers purple, on pedicels, usually in complex inflorescences, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Galium latifolium, Purple Bedstraw, Wideleaf Bedstraw

JK Marlow    jkm190704_9780

July    Jackson County    NC

Foothills Trail

An erect, branched plant with leaves up to 2-1/4" long and 1/2-3/4" wide, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Galium latifolium, Purple Bedstraw, Wideleaf Bedstraw

JK Marlow    jkm190704_9782

July    Jackson County    NC

Foothills Trail

image of Galium latifolium, Purple Bedstraw, Wideleaf Bedstraw

JK Marlow    jkm220715_9117

July    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm120830_203

August    Henderson County    NC

Holmes Educational Forest

Fruits smooth, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm180825_4174

August    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Galium latifolium   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Galium latifolium   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 173-10-008:
Galium latifolium   FAMILY Rubiaceae

 

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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in Piedmont), endemic to Central & Southern Appalachians

Habitat: Moist hardwood forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Whorls of 4
Margins entire

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Brownish-maroon/ Purplish
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
Sepals usually obsolete
4-5 lobed rotate corolla

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Brown, dry & smooth

 

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