Galium asprellum rough bedstraw Rubiaceae GAAS; Bx, pb (DeCandido 2001);


Galium asprellum.Arthur haines.New England Wild Flower

Galium asprellum.Arthur Haines.New England Wild Flower (Accessed 4/2014).

Galium asprellum is a perennial, spreading, clambering, stems 0.5-1.8 m long, weak, much branched, often matted, 4-angeled with tiny hooks lining angles. 

Leaves in whorls of 4-6, narrowly elliptic, widest above middle, to 2 cm long, 0.6 cm wide, tip pointed, margins rough. 

Flowers white, radially symmetrical, petal lobes 4; inflorescences of small branched clusters near ends of stems; blooms and fruits May-Aug. 

Fruit dry, a smooth capsule 0.2 cm wide. 

Wetland status: FACW+. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Wet woods, thickets, soil pH 5-7. Tolerant of shade (USDA, NRCS 2006).