Galium album Mill.
Common Name: WHITE BEDSTRAW
Synonym: Galium mollugo
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad P-Forb

Galium album A. A. Reznicek

G. mollugo of Michigan Flora.

A Eurasian native, locally established along trails, roads, and fencerows; in other disturbed ground; sometimes a garden weed. First collected in 1895 in Bay Co.

Though no chromosome counts are known from Michigan material, our few collections all have well pressed corollas ca. 3–5 mm in diameter and the pedicels at anthesis shorter than the corolla width and appear to be the tetraploid segregate Galium album, rather than the smaller-flowered diploid G. mollugo, a plant of more Mediterranean distribution in Europe.

Depauperate or lax plants might be confused with G. concinnum, but the latter never has more than 6 leaves in a whorl even at the principal nodes of the main stem, and the leaves are nearly or quite linear. Known to hybridize with G. verum, but such hybrids have not been detected in Michigan.

Locations

Alpena County
Bay County
Berrien County
Delta County
Dickinson County
Emmet County
Gogebic County
Ingham County
Iosco County
Keweenaw County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Mackinac County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Presque Isle County
Sanilac County
Schoolcraft County
Washtenaw County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 15, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=2589.