Flora of Israel: Warty bedstraw

Galium verrucosum, Galium saccharatum, Galium valantia,
Warty bedstraw, Southern cleavers, דבקת הפטמות

Scientific name:  Galium verrucosum Hudson
Synonym name:  Galium saccharatum All., Galium valantia Weber
Common name:  Warty bedstraw, Southern cleavers
Hebrew name:   דבקת הפטמות
Family:  Rubiaceae, פואתיים

Galium verrucosum, Galium saccharatum, Galium valantia, Warty bedstraw, Southern cleavers, דבקת הפטמות

Life form:  Annual
Stems:  15 cm
Leaves:  Whorled, entire, smooth, shiny, mucronate leaves
Inflorescence:  Cyme, 3-5 flowers on the same stalk
Flowers:  Hermaphrodite; white
Fruits / pods:  Spherical fruit covered with conical protuberances (warts) that gave it its name
Flowering Period:   February, March, April
Habitat:  Cultivated areas (weeds)
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:   Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

Native plants of Israel


Derivation of the botanical name:
Galium from Greek word gala, "milk," and alluding to the fact that certain species were used to curdle milk.
verrucosum, verrucos, "warty", full of warts.
  • The standard author abbreviation Hudson is used to indicate William Hudson (1730 – 1793), a British botanist and apothecary based in London.
  • The standard author abbreviation All is used to indicate Carlo Allioni (1728 – 1804), an Italian physician and professor of botany at the University of Turin.
  • The standard author abbreviation Weber is used to indicate George Heinrich Weber (1752 – 1828), a German physician and botanist.