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West Highland Flora

Northern Bedstraw


Galium boreale

 

Galium boreale

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Jun 2003 Glenvarragill, Skye

Widespread but local on rock ledges, damp stony ground and stream banks, from sea-level to high in hills

Flower diameter c 2.5-4 mm.  Stems up to 45 cm high.

ID: Leaves in whorls of 4, with 3 prominent veins

Other features: Usually hairless like other Bedstraws, but in the mountains often downy on stems and leaves.  Fruits have hooked bristles.  The only Skye bedstraw that has a fixed number of leaves per whorl rather than a range such as 6-8.  Some plants of Marsh B have most leaves in 4's, but its leaves are 1-veined.

 

Galium boreale

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Jun 2003 Glenvarragill, Skye
Plant 12 cm high (base not visible)

  Galium boreale

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Jun 2003 Glenvarragill, Skye
Main leaves c 17 mm long

 

Galium boreale

Photo Carl Farmer
30 May 2003 Glenhinnisdale, Skye
Leaf on lower left 3.1 cm long
 

  Galium boreale

Photo Carl Farmer
9 Jun 2003 Glenvarragill, Skye

In bud    

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