Name: laevipes in Latin refers to the smooth stalk.
English: Crosswort; Smooth bedstraw.
Gaelic: Luc na croise.
Perennial sprawling plant, to a height of 60 cm, spreads by seeds and stolons.
Flowers: yellow hermaphrodite, smell of honey; inner male flowers soon fall off; the outer are bisexual; flowers April to June.
Leaves: in whorls of four, two are real, the other two being stipules.
Pollination: by bees and flies.
Region: Europe, northern Turkey, Iran, the Caucasus, western Himalayas.
Habitat: meadows, road verges, riverbanks, scrub, open woodland; well-drained calcareous soils.