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Cleavers

Observed: 11th June 2013 By: PeachystevePeachysteve’s reputation in PlantsPeachysteve’s reputation in PlantsPeachysteve’s reputation in PlantsPeachysteve’s reputation in PlantsPeachysteve’s reputation in Plants
SAM_0222
SAM_0219
Description:

First I've seen in flower and it's 5 petalled again.

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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Cleavers (Galium aparine) interacts

Comments

DebbieA's picture

Bedstraws have 4-5 lobes on corolla

According to Francis Rose's The Wild Flower Key, the bedstraw family can have either 4 or 5 lobes on the corolla and doesn't give a specific 4 or 5 lobes for either cleavers or heath bedstraw. I have to admit, I've never really looked closely at the flowers of bedstraws before - I have always seen the whorls of leaves, then looked at prickles on leaves and considered habitat. Looking at the leaves under a x 10 handlens shows why this plant is so successful at clinging on to anything that passes it!

Debbie Alston

Peachysteve's picture

Lobes

I've probably not paid great attention to it before but when I have looked at the flowers I've always "seen" four petals. This year I'm suddenly seeing 5 petals on these (and the tormentil I posted recently). Maybe the shape of 5 catches my attention more than the shape of 4 at the moment.