East-Asian Goose Grass
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East-Asian Goose Grass
P Native Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: East-Asian Goose Grass
Botanical name: Galium hoffmeisteri    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Galium asperulopsis, Galium japonicum f. stenophyllum

East-Asian Goose Grass is a perennial herb with obovate-spoon-shaped to elliptic-oblong leaves, 4-6 in a whorl, distinctly stalked with up to 3 mm long leaf-stalks, tip rounded, suddenly tapering at tip, margins antrorsely aculeolate. Flowers are white, borne in branch-end inflorescence. Inflorescence is sometimes in axils of uppermost leaves. Flower are pinwheel shaped, 2.5-3 mm in diameter, becoming hairless, lobed for 3/4 or more; petals 4, ovate, pointed. Fruits are 1-2 mm with uncinate trichomes. East-Asian Goose Grass is found throughout the Himalayas, to China and Korea, at altitudes of 400-4000 m. Flowering: April-August.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed near Ukhimath, Uttarakhand.

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