Galium trifidum  three-lobed bedstraw Rubiaceae GATR; Bx, pb (DeCandido 2001); R, t;

 

Galium trifidum.www.minnesotawildflowers.info.Peter M. Dzuik

Galium trifidum. Peter M. Dzuik www.minnesotawildflowers.info. (Accessed 4/2014).

Galium trifidum is a perennial herb, slender, to 40 cm, much branched, matted, roughened by minute back-pointing hooks. 

Leaves mostly in whorls of 4, linear, 1-2 cm long, tips blunt. 

Flowers whitish, minute 3-parted, 0.1 cm wide, mostly solitary on stalks longer than 1 cm, from nodes; blooms and fruits July-Sept. 

Fruit dry, round, 2-parted capsule, about 0.1 cm. 

Wetland status: FACW+. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Open marshes, soil pH 4.6-8 (USDA, NRCS 2006).