Species

Galium propinquum

Etymology

Galium: From the Greek galo 'milk', the leaves of Galium verum being used in the past to curdle milk
propinquum: very like the next species

Current Conservation Status

2012 - Not Threatened

Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012
The conservation status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2012 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2009 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, Paul D. Champion, Shannel P. Courtney, Peter B. Heenan, John W. Barkla, Ewen K. Cameron, David A. Norton and Rodney A. Hitchmough. File size: 792KB

Previous Conservation Status

2009 - Not Threatened
2004 - Not Threatened

Authority

Galium propinquum A.Cunn.

Family

Rubiaceae

Flora Category

Vascular - Native

NVS Species Code

GALPRO

The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Herbs other than Composites

Flower Colours

Cream,White

Propagation Technique

Easily grown from fresh seed and rooted pieces. Does well in full sun - best suited to cultivation in a pot as easily lost within a garden.

Threats

Not Threatened

Chromosome No.

2n = 22

Endemic Taxon

Yes

Endemic Genus

No

Endemic Family

No

Life Cycle and Dispersal

Mericarps are dispersed by attachment and possibly also wind (Thorsen et al., 2009).

Cultural Use/Importance

Most past records from Australia now refer to another newly described Australian endemic species. Galium propinquum has been found on Australia at a site where it is assumed to have been a failed naturalisation.

References and further reading

Thorsen, M. J.; Dickinson, K. J. M.; Seddon, P. J. 2009. Seed dispersal systems in the New Zealand flora. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 11: 285-309

This page last updated on 25 Sep 2014