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Which Bedstraw ?

Observed: 11th June 2011 By: vetandteachervetandteacher’s reputation in Plantsvetandteacher’s reputation in Plantsvetandteacher’s reputation in Plantsvetandteacher’s reputation in Plants
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Growing on limestone grassland, often on ant hills.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Bedstraw (Galium sp.) interacts


Fenwickfield's picture


you have put it in fungi instead of plants,


vetandteacher's picture

Well spotted!

Thanks for spotting that one. My edit seems to have created a second id. Oh well.

Chalkie's picture


Seems to key out (in Rose) to Galium sterneri (Limestone Bedstraw), except that you say it isn't mat-forming. Maybe the mat comes later! Or it could be Galium pumilum, Slender Bedstraw, but that is apparently very rare and has cream-coloured flowers and the photo looks much more like white than cream. But I expect you've already found all that out yourself! As you say, you probably need the fruits. It was useful to look at a non-marshy bedstraw for a change for me.
Anyway, it isn't a potentially poisonous fungus!

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I have gone through the key in Stace (ignoring branches that need fruits but direct me to things like cleavers) and it agrees with Limestone Bedstraw. However, I will wait a bit to see if anyone knows if the mat forming bit is variable.