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Cleavers (Galium aparine)

Observed: 28th May 2012 By: ThistleThistle’s reputation in PlantsThistle’s reputation in PlantsThistle’s reputation in PlantsThistle’s reputation in PlantsThistle’s reputation in Plants
Cleavers (Galium aparine)
Cleavers (Galium aparine)
Cleavers (Galium aparine)

Edit: further photos added. Thanks to Lavateraguy and Circuta who have pointed out that the 3rd photo is actually another Galium, probably G. palustre.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Cleavers (Galium aparine) interacts


lavateraguy's picture

Are all the images the same plant?

The 3rd photo isn't Galium aparine.

Thistle's picture

Different plants

They are different plants but I'm sure they are all Galium aparine (Cleavers, Sticky Willie, etc.) The 3rd photo shows an unusual quantity of flowers and the raspberry leaves are a bit of a distraction, but still G. aparine.

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I agree with lavateraguy. The last photo has flowers too white to be Goosegrass and is one of the other Galiums (palustre or album).


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On reflection and with a closer look at the books and the photo I can agree with you: G. palustre. As the photo has been commented on I'll leave it here but add a note in the description. I'll also load it again as a separate observation.
Many thanks.


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Hedgerows ...

... include walls, which is where this was: in undisturbed ground alongside a drystane dyke. Not woodland.

RMWalls: Welcome to iSpot. Many thanks for the comment though perhaps better done as a comment rather than as a "new" identification. Better still, you'll see from previous comments that the 3rd photo has been submitted as a separate observation so a comment and/or new ID there would be most appropriate.