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Upright Hedge Bedstraw

Observed: 22nd July 2013 By: banstiebanstie’s reputation in Plantsbanstie’s reputation in Plantsbanstie’s reputation in Plants
Upright Hedge Bedstraw
Upright Hedge Bedstraw
Upright Hedge Bedstraw
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Identifications
Species interactions

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Species with which Marsh Bedstraw (Galium palustre) interacts

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Hedge Bedstraw

According to Stace, this is a very variable plant. The name is now Galium album and subspecies are not recognised in Britain.
Your plants look quite weak and straggly, I can't make out enough detail to be sure of the ID but it's most likely to be G.album.

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Ceri and Steve

Please can you expand on why you think this is Galium palustre? The photos are too blurred for details of prickles etc, and the habitat seems wrong.

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Bedstraw

Thanks for the comments and suggestions. I will go back and try to get better photos (husband in tow with better camera!). I think the leaf edges were completely smooth but I will have another look. Anything else I should look out for to help ID?

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ID

First of all, the habitat - is it normally wet (marshy, boggy, ditch) or dry? G.palustre prefers wet, G. album dry.
Leaves - how many in a whorl? G. album has 6-10, G. palustre 6-8, so there's a lot of overlap.
Leaf shape - G. album has oval leaves up to 7mm wide which usually end in a fine point, G. palustre has narrower leaves up to 3mm wide which are often blunt.
Leaf edges - G. album has 10-20 curved prickles per side (you'll need a hand lens) and G.palustre has only a few weak, straight prickles.
Stem - G. album has a smooth stem, G. palustre usually has a rough stem.
Flowers - G. album has petals drawn out to a fine point, G. palustre petals not such a long point.
Of course, there are other Galiums to consider, but these are both common. The number of leaflets in a whorl and width measurement is not very reliable and depends on which book you consult!
Hope this helps.