From coast to summit - the Bedstraw family
Galium verum Woodruff flowers Woodruff ovaries Bedstraw fruits
Bedstraw or Rubiaceae have whorls of leaves along the square stems The flowers have four or five petals and small or absent sepals. The ovary is inferior and is seen as a swelling just below the flower The ovary contains two large seeds, or nutlets.
Goosegrass hooks Lady's Bedstraw Heath Bedstraw Woodruff
Goosegrass Galium aparine is the commonest with many hooks Lady's Bedstraw Galium verum has yellow flowers and a sweet scent Heath Bedstaw Galium saxatile is a small plant on grassy moorland Woodruff Galium odoratum has funnel-shaped flowers