Galium saxatile

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heath bedstraw
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Galium saxatile
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Galium
Species: G. saxatile
Binomial name
Galium saxatile
L.

Galium saxatile or heath bedstraw is a plant species of the genus Galium. It is related to Cleavers (also known as sticky willy).

Galium saxatile is a perennial matt-forming herb, found on grassland, moors, heaths and woods. It can reach a height of 20 centimetres (7.9 in), and flowers in the UK from May to August. The stems are hairless and four-sided. Its leaves are 8–25 millimetres (0.31–0.98 in) long, with 6–8 per whorl, and are lanceolate or obovate in shape. The Mountain Ringlet butterfly uses the plant for nectar.[1][2]

Galium saxatile is widespread across much of northern and Central Europe from Portugal and Ireland to Scandinavia, France, Germany, Poland, the Ukraine and Russia. It is also reportedly sparingly naturalized in Quebec, California and the Falkland Islands.[3][4]

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  1. ^ "Heath Bedstraw Galium saxatile". Postcode plants database. London: Natural History Museum. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Biota of North America Project
  3. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  4. ^ Altervista Flora Italiana
  • The Wild Flower Key British Isles – NW Europe by Francis Rose
  • Wild Flowers of Britain by Roger Phillips