Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Hairy Bedstraw - Galium pilosum   Aiton
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AuthorAiton
DistributionEssentially statewide, though scarce on the Pamlimarle Peninsula.

This is a widespread Eastern species, ranging from NH and MI, south to central FL and central TX.
AbundanceGenerally common across the state, though scarce in the eastern part of the Pamlimarle Peninsula.
HabitatThis species occurs in dry to mesic habitats, favoring open upland woods, wooded margins and openings, and along roadsides.
PhenologyBlooms from May to August, and fruits shortly after flowering.
IdentificationThis is a slender herb, erect to leaning, reaching 1,5-2' tall, mostly unbranched or branched at the base. The stem is usually pubescent to quite hairy, as are the leaves. The stem has numerous whorls of leaves, with 4 at each node. They are elliptical to somewhat ovate, about 3/4" long and 1/3" wide, usually with a mucronate tip. The small flowers are white (though can be somewhat purple), in branched clusters from upper leaf axils; each flower is on a long and slender pedicel. There are many other Galium species with 4 leaves per whorl, but this one has pubescent leaves and stem, small leaves that are elliptical (and not linear), and many-branched flower clusters with each flower on a stalk.
Taxonomic CommentsNone, though G. orizabense has been pulled out of G. pilosum in recent years, as a separate species.

Other Common Name(s)None
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