West-Asian Galium
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West-Asian Galium
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: West-Asian Galium
Botanical name: Galium spurium subsp. ibicinum    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Galium ibicinum, Galium linczevskyi

West-Asian Galium is a dichotomously branched small annual herb with 4-angled stems with retrorsely scabrid angles. Leaves are arranged in whorls of 4-6, 1-1.5 cm long, 2-4 mm broad, oblanceolate, retrorsely scabrid along margin, tip mucronate-cuspidate. Flower cymes are 1-flowered on 1.5-2.5 cm long stalk. Flowers are white, 1.5 mm across. Fruit is didymous, 2-3 mm across, covered with long slightly hooked hairs without broad base. West-Asian Galium is found in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and probably parts of India.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed at Tikkar Tal Lake, Morni, Haryana.
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