Yellow Bedstraw
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Yellow Bedstraw
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Yellow Bedstraw
Botanical name: Galium verum    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Rubia vera

Yellow Bedstraw is a herbaceous perennial plant, native to Europe and Asia. It is a low scrambling plant, with the stems growing to 60-120 cm long, frequently rooting where they touch the ground. The leaves are 1-3 cm long and 2 mm broad, shiny dark green, hairy underneath, borne in whorls of 8-12. The flowers are 2-3 mm in diameter, yellow, and produced in dense clusters. This species is sometimes confused with Galium odoratum, a species with traditional culinary uses.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh, Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Srinagar, Kashmir & Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh.

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