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Sweet-scent Bedstraw - Galium triflorum

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 6

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General Description
Rhizomatous perennial. Stems lax, prostrate or climbing, mostly simple, 20–70 cm. Herbage glabrous except sparsely scabrous on stem angles, leaf margins. Leaves narrowly elliptic, cuspidate, 2–5 cm long, in whorls of 6. Inflorescence axillary, 3-flowered umbels or 3-parted compound umbels; pedicels 6–15 mm long in fruit. Flowers: corolla 1–2 mm across. Mericarp 1–2 mm long not including the hooked bristles (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).We do not yet have descriptive information on this species.  Please try the buttons above to search for information from other sources.

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
Circumboreal south to CA, NM, OK and FL (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 2115

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Moist to wet, coniferous forest, thickets; valleys to lower subalpine (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
    • Joslin, G.J. 1975. Behavior and environmental selection by Elk (Cervus canadensis nelsoni) during surrmer and fall in the First and Second Yellow Mule drainages, Madison County, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University, Bozeman. 65 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Simanonok, M. 2018. Plant-pollinator network assembly after wildfire. Ph.D. Dissertation. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 123 p.
    • Steerey, W. F. 1979. Distribution, range use and population characteristics of Mule Deer associated with the Schafer Creek winter range, Bridger Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 119 p.
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