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Galium aparine
common bedstraw, common cleavers, goose-grass, sticky-willy
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Widely distributed throughout Washington; widely distributed throughout North America.

Habitat: Variety of habitats, sea level to mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Scrambling annual, the weak stem 1-10 dm. tall, little branched, square with retrorse hooks on the angles.

Leaves:

Leaves mostly in whorls of 8, tipped with a sharp point, narrow, 1-nerved, 1-4 cm. long, with stiff, recurved hairs on the margins and mid-rib beneath.

Flowers:

Inflorescences of 3-5 flowers on peduncles in the leaf axils which surpass the whorl of leaves, usually with a whorl of small leaves at the summit, or the peduncles in threes at the ends of short, axillary branches; pedicels straight and ascending; calyx obsolete; corolla rotate, 1-2 mm. wide, greenish-white, the 4 lobes much longer than the tube; styles 2, short; ovary 2-celled, inferior.

Fruits:

Fruit dry, 2-4 mm. long, covered with hooked bristles.

Accepted Name:
Galium aparine L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 108. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Galium agreste Wallr. var. echinospermum Wallr.
Galium aparine var. aparine [HC]
Galium aparine L. var. echinospermum (Wallr.) Farw. [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Galium aparine in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Galium aparine checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Galium aparine atlas page.

CalPhotos: Galium aparine photos.

USDA Plants: Galium aparine information.

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