Galium migrans

Family Rubiaceae

Maori Bedstraw

Prostrate to weakly decumbent herb with stems to 30 cm long and well-developed slender rhizomes. Adult plants spread by rhizomes. Longevity indefinite.

Flowers: White to cream, November.

Fruit: Dry fruit 1 mm long, breaks into 2 1-seeded segments, January–March.

Seed: Dispersed locally.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Woodland habitat in shady sites.
  • Occasional in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Seedlings noted in burnt area after rain.
  • Resprouts after fire.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Galium migrans plant

Galium migrans flower

Galium migrans seed