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Robert E. Preston & Lauramay T. Dempster, except as noted

Annual to tree, vine. Leaf: generally opposite (whorled), entire; stipules generally fused to stem, adjacent pairs occasionally fused, or occasionally leaf-like and appearing like whorled leaves. Inflorescence: cyme, panicle, spike, cluster, or flower 1, generally terminal and ± axillary. Flower: generally bisexual; calyx ± 4(5)-lobed, occasionally 0 (Galium, Crucianella) or 6 (Sherardia); corolla generally radial, 4(5)-lobed; stamens epipetalous, alternate corolla lobes, generally included; ovary generally inferior, chambers generally 2 or 4, style 1(2). Fruit: drupe, berry, or 2 or 4 nutlets [capsule].
± 500 genera, 6000 species: worldwide, especially tropics; many cultivated, including Coffea, coffee; Cinchona, quinine; many ornamental. [Robbrecht & Manen 2006 Syst & Geogr Plant 76:85–146] Diodia teres Walter doubtfully in California. —Scientific Editors: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Unabridged references: [Dempster 1979 Fl California 4(2):1–47]

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Valerie Soza

Annual, perennial herb, occasionally subshrub, glabrous to hairy, generally scabrous; dioecious, bisexual, or flowers unisexual and bisexual. Stem: 4-angled, occasionally ridged lengthwise. Leaf: generally in whorls of >= 4, including leaf-like stipules. Inflorescence: panicles, axillary clusters (cymes), or occasionally 1 in axils. Flower: bisexual, or unisexual with sterile stamens or pistils; calyx 0; corolla generally rotate, occasionally ± bell-shaped, generally ± green, yellow to white, occasionally pink or red, lobes generally 4; ovary 2-lobed, styles 2, bases ± fused. Fruit: 2 nutlets or berry.
± 650 species: worldwide, especially temperate. (Greek: milk, from use of some species for curdling) [Dempster 1978 Univ Calif Publ Bot 73:1–33; Soza & Olmstead 2010 Amer J Bot 97:1630–1646] Ovary and fruit generally ± equally hairy on a plant; staminate plants generally identified by vestigial ovaries, pistillate plants generally by vestigial anthers. Galium saxatile L., Galium schultesii Vest, and Galium verum L. are lawn weeds in California.
Unabridged references: [Dempster 1973 Univ Calif Publ Bot 64:1–36; Dempster & Ehrendorfer 1965 Brittonia 17:289–334; Dempster & Stebbins 1968 Univ Calif Publ Bot 46:1–52; Dempster & Stebbins 1971 Madroño 21:71–95]

Key to Galium

Perennial herb, low, matted, not woody above ground, generally hairy; dioecious. Stem: erect, 5–16 cm. Leaf: in whorls of 4, 6–16 mm, ± linear, tip ± acute, with long bristle, margin generally ciliate. Staminate inflorescence: few-flowered clusters. Pistillate inflorescence: flowers generally 1 in axils. Flower: corolla rotate, ± yellow, ± glabrous to short-fine-ciliate or papillate along margins. Fruit: berry, glabrous to hairy. [Online Interchange]

G. ambiguum subsp. siskiyouense (Ferris) Dempster & Stebbins
Coarse-hairy to glabrous. Leaf: generally thick, glabrous or margins bristly, faces occasionally irregularly or minutely hairy, margins generally convex. Fruit: densely hairy.
2n=66. Dry, sunny banks and hillsides, open forest, in serpentine or clay loam; 160–1750 m. Klamath Ranges (Del Norte Co.), Outer North Coast Ranges; southern Oregon. [Galium ambiguum var. siskiyouense Ferris] Jun–Jul [Online Interchange]

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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Nov 28 2015
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Galium, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on Nov 28 2015

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