Galium sylvaticum

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Galium sylvaticum
Galium sylvaticum (Wald-Labkraut) IMG 3333.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Galium
G. sylvaticum
Binomial name
Galium sylvaticum

Galium sylvaticum, commonly known as Scotch mist or wood bedstraw, is a plant species of the genus Rubiaceae. Its genus name, Galium, is derived from the Greek word for "milk," apparently because some species have been used to curdle milk[1].

It is native to central Europe: France, Italy, Germany, Poland, the former Yugoslavia and smaller countries in between.[2][3] It is also naturalized in scattered locations in North America (Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Ontario, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Washington and Oregon).[4] It is often found in Anthropogenic (man-made or disturbed habitats), forest edges, meadows and fields.[1]

It is a perennial, highly branched herb with thin stems. Its leaves are in whorls of six, each narrowly linear. Flowers are in open terminal panicles, each white and four-petaled.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Galium sylvaticum (wood bedstraw)". Go Botany. New England Wildflower Society. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  2. ^ "Galium sylvaticum". World Checklist of Selected Plant Families (WCSP). Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  3. ^ a b Altervista Flora Italiana
  4. ^ "Galium sylvaticum". County-level distribution map from the North American Plant Atlas (NAPA). Biota of North America Program (BONAP). 2014.

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