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Limestone Bedstraw

Galium sterneri

Plant Data

Order:
Gentianales
Family:
Rubiaceae (Bedstraw)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
The small flowers of Limestone Bedstraw are 4-petalled and grow in tight, domed clusters. This plant is similar to Heath Bedstraw but Limestone Bedstraw is more mat-forming with creamier white petals.
Fruit:
2-parted nutlet with tiny dome-shaped warts.
Leaves:
A very low growing flower with unstalked narrow leaves in whorls of 7 to 8. The leaves are more pointed than the similar-looking Heath Bedstraw. The hairs on the leaf margins point backwards with Limestone Bedstraw but with Heath Bedstraw they point forwards. The stems of Limestone Bedstraw are 4-angled. As its name suggests, Limestone Bedstraw frequently grows on limestone pavements.
Maximum Size:
20cm tall.
Habitats:
Grassland, rocks.