Galium aparine [Rubiaceae]

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Scientific Name Galium aparine USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Stickywilly, Catchweed Bedstraw, Cleavers ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Rubiaceae (Madder) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Moist places, shady areas in woods, thickets, prairies and waste areas; very common plant, naturalized throughout the US.
Plant: Annual plant, weak erect or reclining sticky-hairy stems, up to 3 ft. long.
Leaves: Linear-oblanceolate to oblanceolate with 6 to 8 in whorled pattern; 3/4 to 2-3/4 inches long; tiny hooks along edges.
Inflorescence: Cluster of one to five very small white to greenish-white flowers growing on branchlet from a leaf axil; less than 1/10 across; 4 pointed petals, 2 styles and 4 stamens.
Bloom Period: March to May.
References: SEINet and "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston.
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