Galium triflorum sweet-scented bedstraw Rubiaceae GATR; Bx, pb (DeCandido 2001); Q, cu (Greller 1977); R;

   

Galium triflorum (Fragrant Bedstraw) .Bill Harms.Maryland.Patuxent Refuge Plant Inventory Project.7.2016

Galium triflorum (Fragrant Bedstraw) .Bill Harms.Maryland.Patuxent Refuge Plant Inventory Project.7.2016 (Accessed 7/2016).

Galium triflorum is a perennial herb, stems 20-80 cm long, 4-sided, angles usually minutely barbed, prostrate or sprawling on other vegetation. 

Leaves mostly in whorls of 6 on main branches, 1.5-5 cm long, vanilla-scented, narrowly elliptical, abruptly sharp-tipped, margin rough. 

Flowers greenish-white, 0.2-0.3 cm wide, in loose clusters; blooms June-Aug.

 Fruit dry, about 0.2 cm wide, bristly. Adapted to dispersal by sticking to fur. 

Wetland status: FACU. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Moist woods. 

Notes. Dispersal to and establishment in new sites in successional forest, contiguous to old regrowth stands has been calculated at a rate of 0.91 m/yr (Matlack 1994).