Sweden native plants: Cleavers

Galium aparine, SE: Snärjmåra, Snärjgräs, Vitblommig snärjmåra,
DE: Kletten-Labkraut, NL: Kleefkruid, UK: Cleavers, Clivers,
Goosegrass, Stickywilly, Stickyjack, Stickyweed, Stickyleaf,
Catchweed, Robin-run-the-hedge, Coachweed

Scientific name:  Galium aparine L.
Swedish name:  Snärjmåra, Snärjgräs, Vitblommig snärjmåra
German name:  Kletten-Labkraut
Nederlandse naam:  Kleefkruid
English name:  Cleavers, Clivers, Goosegrass, Stickywilly, Stickyjack, Stickyweed, Stickyleaf, Catchweed, Robin-run-the-hedge, Coachweed
Plant Family:   Rubiaceae, Madder family, Måreväxter

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Life form:  Annual
Stems:  Long stems, fine hairs tipped with tiny hooks, making them cling to clothes and fur much like velcro.
Leaves:  Simple, whorls of six to eight; fine hairs
Flowers:  hermaphrodite, white to greenish flowers are 2-3 mm across, with four petals.
Flowering Period:  June, July, August
Fruits:  Clustered 1-3 seeds together; each seed is 4-6 mm diameter, and is also covered with hooked hairs (a burr) which cling to animal fur, aiding in seed dispersal.
Habitat:  Througout the country, forests, thickets, coast, pastureland, meadows, farmland, settlements

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Galium from Greek word gala, "milk," and alluding to the fact that certain species were used to curdle milk.
aparine, Greek name for the plant called cleavers.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.