Galium proliferum Hairy Bedstraw
ANNUAL. Weak, trailing square green stems have leaves only at
widely spaced nodes where the stems branch. Leaves in whorls of 4
on the lower part and 2 - 4 on the rest of the stem. Flowers white,
tiny. Seeds two-lobed, very spiny, on very short stalks (or none).
Plants disappear by late May. In the Empires, uncommon in deep sand
in the shade of rock outcrops. G. aparine grows in similar
places but is leafier and the stems are "sticky" with many tiny recurved
prickles. G. microphylla is erect, with thinner stems and
shorter leaves, and the leaf whorls closer together.
FAMILY: Rubiaceae (Madder Family)