Taxon  Report   3721    
Galium oreganum  Britton
Oregon bedstraw
Galium oreganum
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Galium oreganum
© 2018 Susan McDougall
Galium oreganum, a dicot, is a perennial herb (rhizomatous) that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 3 (review list).   8th Edition

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Galium oreganum
© 2018 Scot Loring
Genus: Galium
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, North Coastal Coniferous Forest
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

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PLANTS: Galium kamtschaticum var. oreganum
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Galium:  from the Greek word gala, "milk," and alluding to the fact that certain species were used to curdle milk (contributed by Cynthia Powell)

oreganum:  of or from the state of Oregon, or the old Hudson's Bay territory of Oregon, which included the present-day states of Oregon and Washington (contributed by Cynthia Powell)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 16, 2019).