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Limestone Bedstraw

Galium sterneri

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Gentianales
Family:
Rubiaceae (Bedstraw)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
20 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Grassland, rocks.

Flower:
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White, 4 petals
 
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.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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