Galium pilosum Ait.

Galium pilosum plant

Family - Rubiaceae

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Galium pilosum fruitsFruits.

Flowering - June - August.

Habitat - Dry and rocky woods, borders of glades, thickets.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This little species can be found in the southern 1/2 of Missouri. It can be identified in the field by its minute maroon flowers, uncinate-bristled fruits, and four elliptic leaves per node. A similar species, G. circaezans Michx., is similar but has whitish-green flowers and leaves which have 3 conspicuous veins. The leaves of G. pilosum have a single conspicuous midrib.
The roots of this species and others in the genus contain a substance which can be used as a red dye.

Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 7-13-02.