West Highland Flora

Woodruff


Galium odoratum

 

Galium odoratum

Photo Carl Farmer
25 May 2003 Scorrybreac, Skye
Largest flower in pic 7.5 mm across

Quite frequent in the right conditions: shady woodland floor with a carpet of dead leaves.  Also occasionally in shade of rocks or walls where soil is not too acid.

Top leaves c 2.5-4 cm long.  Flowers c 5-8 mm diameter.

ID: Flower tube equal in length to the spreading petals.  In other Galium sp the tube is much shorter than the petals.

Other features: Leaves normally 6-8 in a whorl.  A neat, rather squat plant, not straggling.  Leaves with forwardly-directed prickles along the edges, and one main vein, not three.  Hairy only immediately below each whorl of leaves.  Fruit has hooked bristles which cling to animal fur to aid dispersal.


 

Galium odoratum

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Nov 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

  Galium odoratum

Photo Carl Farmer
23 Nov 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

 

     

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