Tiny Bedstraw
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Tiny Bedstraw
ative Photo: Nongthombam Ullysess
Common name: Tiny Bedstraw • Hindi: Kura, Kutub • Nepali: च्यांगुया Chyanguya
Botanical name: Galium acutum    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)

Tiny Galium is a prostrate to erect perennial herb, with 4-angled hairless stems. Stem and branches are very leafy. Leaves are borne 6 in a whorl, minute, generally 5-8 x 1-3 mm, linear-lanceshaped, with pointed tip with narrow point. Leaves are hairless, stalkless, midrib prominent, margin often recurved. Flowers are borne singly in leaf axils, very rarely with 2 axillary flowers. Stalk is very short, always shorter than flower, enlarged and straight in fruit. Flowers are white, with 4 ovate-lanceshaped, pointed petals, about 1 mm long. Stamens are shorter than the petals. Fruit is about 2 mm in diameter. Tiny Bedstraw is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Bhutan, and S Tibet, at altitudes of 2000-4100 m. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand.
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