Scientific NameCruciata laevipes
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Erect growth from a base that lies on the ground and curves up.
Semi hairy, oval leaves are in whorls of 4 and are 10 to 25mm long and about half as wide. Does not have a petiole. Have long white hairs.
Erect with hairy stems that reach around 20 to 50 cm in height. Stems are square in cross section. Stem and leaves have long white hairs. Similar to Lady's Bedstraw, but Lady's Bedstraw has brighter yellow flowers and narrower leaves in whirls of 8 rather than 4.
Flower Seed Head
Yellow flowers are on stalks. Flowers become more frequent towards the top of the plant and have 4 petals each.
A small capsule but plant usually spreads by solons and rhizomes.
Found in open woodlands, pastures, and roadsides.
upright and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
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Dominant Flower Color
Stem Cross Section
round or oval