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Cleavers


Scientific Name     

Galium aprine L.

Family Name

Rubiaceae (Madder family)

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habitat

flower

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leaves

fruit

Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

thickets, valleys, waste ground

Plant Height:  

weak stems anywhere from 10-100 cm long; scrambling

Flower Color:  

white

Flower:  

perfect; 4-lobed; 1-3 in cluster; +/- 3 mm wide; stamens 4; ovary has 2 carpels each with a single ovule

Inflorescence:  

1-5 (typically 2-5) flowers on peduncles borne in leaf axils 

Fruit:  

dry, covered with hooked bristles 

Leaves:  

whorled (mostly in 8s); long; slender and serrate 

Bloom Time:  

May-July

Origins:  

native

Other:  

note recurved prickles on stems and leaves, common name comes from fact that bristles cause plant to cleave to clothes or fur of animals; also call Goosegrass because geese are known to eat plant