Plant: perennial herb; Polygamous perennials, variously glabrate, velvety, scabrous or hispid, but hairs not hooked; STEMS several to many, 15-50 cm high from suffrutescent bases Leaves: 4 per node, 7-20 mm long, linear, oblanceolate, rarely elliptic, narrowed gradually to broad insertions, narrowed abruptly to acute, often pungent, apices Flowers: in diffuse inflorescences, the branchlets divaricate and much exserted; corollas red, pink, or rarely yellow, rotate, mostly glabrous, the tips usually long and slender Fruit: FRUITS with long straight hairs Misc: Moist banks and sheltered slopes, in partial shade; 1000-2650 m (3500-8700 ft); May-Nov REFERENCES: Dempster, Lauramay T. 1995. Rubiaceae. J. Ariz. - Nev. Sci. 29(l): 29.
JANAS 1995, Kearney and Peebles 1969, McDougall 1973
Duration: Perennial Nativity: Native Lifeform: Subshrub General: Herbaceous to suffrutescent perennials, 15-60 cm tall, stems several to many, slender, erect to ascending, pubescent with small, stiff hairs (hirtellus), herbage often pungent. Leaves: Opposite, whorled, 4 per node, linear, oblanceolate, or rarely elliptic, 5-20 mm long, narrowing gradually to broad insertions at the bases as well as abruptly to acute apices. Flowers: Very small, red, pink, or rarely yellow, corollas 1-2 mm wide, with long-acuminate lobes, mostly glabrous, the tips usually long and slender, polygamous, flowers borne in diffuse inflorescences, the branchlets divaricate and much exserted. Fruits: Fruits 1-2 mm in diameter, surfaces with long, straight, white hairs. Ecology: Found on moist banks and sheltered slopes, in partial shade, from 3,500-9,000 ft (1067-2743 m); flowering May-November. Distribution: California and Nevada, east to Texas. Notes: This species of Galium can become somewhat bushy and large with age. Ethnobotany: There is no use recorded for this species, but other species in this genus have uses. Synonyms: Galium frankliniense, G. rothrockii, G. wrightii var. rothrockii Editor: LCrumbacher 2012