Monday, June 28, 2010

The Smooth Bedstraw Plant

Smooth bedstraw (Galium mollugo) is a plant belonging to the sterbladigenfamilie (Rubiaceae). It is a plant of dikes, berms and under bushes. Smooth bedstraw occurs naturally in much of Europe, Asia Minor and India.

The plant has a square stem with a single, cross-way blades, which is about 2.5 mm. In shady places, the leaves broader. The plant blooms from June to August with white to cream colored flowers with funnel-shaped at least four points. Smooth bedstraw is a two-part split fruit.

Smooth bedstraw hybridises readily with yellow bedstraw (Galium verum) and boswalstro (Galium sylvaticum). Hybrids with real bedstraw are found mainly in the dunes.

The plant is parasitized by lying mountain flax (Thesium humifusum). The half walstrobremraap parasite (Orobanche caryophyllacea) can prevent smooth bedstraw.


See also: Sending Flowers, Online Florist

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