Galium serpenticum

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Galium serpenticum
Galium serpenticum (Intermountain bedstraw) (6009702828).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Galium
Species: G. serpenticum
Binomial name
Galium serpenticum

Galium serpenticum is a species of flowering plant in the coffee family known by the common name intermountain bedstraw or many-flowered bedstraw. It is native to the northwestern United States, where it grows in mountain forests and meadows, mostly east of the crest of the Cascade Range. It occurs in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and extreme northern California (Trinity, Siskiyou and Modoc Counties).[1][2]

Galium serpenticum is a perennial herb forming tufts of erect stems up to about 30 centimeters tall with woody bases. The stems are ringed with whorls of four lance-shaped leaves and topped with inflorescences made up of clusters of tiny whitish flowers.[3][4]


Nine subspecies are currently recognized (May 2014):[1]


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Biota of North America Program
  3. ^ Lauramay T. Dempster. 1959. Brittonia 11(3): 120–121, f. 1D, 3–4
  4. ^ Cronquist, A.J., A. H. Holmgren, N. H. Holmgren & Reveal. 1977. Vascular Plants of the Intermountain West, U.S.A. 6: 1–584. In A.J. Cronquist, A. H. Holmgren, N. H. Holmgren, J. L. Reveal & P. K. Holmgren (eds.) Intermountain Flora. Hafner Pub. Co., New York.

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