Common name: Goosegrass, Cleavers
Galium aparine L. APNI*
Description: Scrambling or twining annual; stems ± stout to 1.5 m long, with retrorse prickles mainly along the angles and long thin hairs at the nodes.
Leaves and stipules in whorls of 6–9, oblanceolate, 10–60 mm long, 2–8 mm wide, apex obtuse with a point to 1 mm long, margins with recurved hairs, upper surface and midvein on lower surface with small hooked hairs; sessile.
Inflorescences mostly 2–7-flowered; peduncles up to 2.5 cm long; pedicels up to 1.5 cm long, ± straight, spreading. Flowers to 1 mm long, whitish.
Fruit 3–5 mm long, densely covered with hooked hairs.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread; cosmopolitan weed. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *ST, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *S.A. *N.T.
Text by T. A. James & W. K. Allen
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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