Galium spurium

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False cleavers
Galium spurium ssp vaillantii.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Galium
G. spurium
Binomial name
Galium spurium

Galium spurium or false cleavers is a plant species of the Rubiaceae. It is widespread across Europe, Asia, Africa and Canada, and is naturalized in Australia.[1][2][3] It is considered a noxious weed in many places.[4]

Galium spurium is an erect or reclining herb up to 50 cm tall. Stems are square in cross-section. Leaves are in whorls of 6-8, narrowly lanceolate. Flowers are in multi-flowered cymes or panicles, white or yellow-green.[5]


Many varietal and subspecific names have been proposed, but at present (May 2014) only 3 are recognized:[1]


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