Modoc Bedstraw
(Galium glabrescens ssp. modocense )

Modoc Bedstraw; Photo Copyright Gary Schoolcraft and CNPS
Photo Copyright Gary Schoolcraft and CNPS

Description: Grayish green perennial herb 2-3/4 to 11 inches (7-30 cm) high from a woody base. Leaves in whorls of four, ovate, on a square stem. Flowers small, rotate, and greenish yellow. Fruit small, long hairy, round, twin-lobed.

 Identifying Features:

  1. Square stems with whorls of 4 leaves.
  2. Small, long hairy, round, twin-lobed fruit.

Distribution: Modoc County in the Warner Mountains. Within public lands managed by the Surprise Field Office along the east base of the Warner Mountains southwest of Cedarville and the Twelve-Mile Creek area north of Ft. Bidwell.

Habitat: Gravelly slopes and under the edge of rocks in the sagebrush-juniper type to near the pine-white fir forest type from 5,200 to 9,000 feet (1535 to 2743 meters)

Flowering Period: July

Similar Plants: Very similar to Kellogg's Bedstraw (Galium multiflorum) but it has woody above ground stems, campanulate flowers, and fuiting branches divaricate. Plants are difficult to differentiate.

Status: BLM Sensitive, California Native Plant Society List 1B


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Field Office: Surprise