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Matthews' Bedstraw
Galium matthewsii
About Matthews' Bedstraw (Galium matthewsii) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Galium matthewsii is a species of flowering plant in the coffee family known by the common names bushy bedstraw and Matthews' bedstraw. It is native to the mountains and deserts of southeastern California (Kern, Inyo and San Bernardino Cos), and southern Nevada (Clark and Esmeralda Cos). Galium matthewsii is a shrubby perennial growing from a woody base and reaching heights of about 20 to 30 centimeters. It forms short, thin, tangled masses. The small, sharp-pointed leaves grow in whorls of four about the stem at intervals. The plant is dioecious, but male and female flowers are similar in appearance and grow in clustered inflorescences of hairy yellow corollas. The fruit is a nutlet covered with very long, straight, white hairs.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

7.9 - 11.8 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

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Epirrhoe plebeculata Image
Epirrhoe plebeculataEpirrhoe plebeculata
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Zenophleps lignicolorataZenophleps lignicolorata

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 4.4" - 24.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.52" - 3.54", Coldest Month: 23.9" - 50.7", Hottest Month: 47.9" - 79.6", Humidity: 2.44" - 32.54", Elevation: 2313" - 10177"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Bushy Bedstraw, Matthew's Bedstraw

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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