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Galium saxatile


Galium saxatile or heath bedstraw<ref name=BSBI07>Template:Cite web</ref> is a plant species of the genus Galium. It is related to cleavers (also known as sticky willy).

Galium saxatile is a perennial matt-forming herb, found on grassland, moors, heaths and woods. It can reach a height of Template:Convert, and flowers in the UK from May to August. The stems are hairless and four sided. Its leaves are Template:Convert long, with 6–8 per whorl, and are lanceolate or obovate in shape. The mountain ringlet butterfly uses the plant for nectar.<ref name="nathistmus">Template:Cite web</ref><ref>Biota of North America Project</ref>

Galium saxatile is widespread across much of northern and central Europe from Portugal and Ireland to Scandinavia, France, Germany, Poland, the Ukraine and Russia. It is also reportedly sparingly naturalized in Quebec, California and the Falkland Islands.<ref>Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families</ref><ref>Altervista Flora Italiana</ref>


External links



  • The Wild Flower Key British Isles – NW Europe by Francis Rose
  • Wild Flowers of Britain by Roger Phillips