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Galium mollugo

Galium mollugo (*)

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Lamiids
Ordo: Gentianales

Familia: Rubiaceae
Subfamilia: Rubioideae
Tribus: Rubieae
Genus: Galium
Species: Galium mollugo

Galium mollugo L.

Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum. Tomus I: 107. Reference page.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Galium mollugo in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Vernacular names
العربية: جويسئة بيضاء
català: Cua de rabosa, Espunyidella blanca, Espunyidera, Espunyidera blanca, Herba mosquera
kaszëbsczi: Zwëczajnô marzónka
čeština: svízel povázka
Cymraeg: briwydd y clawdd
dansk: Hvid Snerre
Deutsch: Wiesen-Labkraut, Klein-Wiesen-Labkraut, Weisses Waldstroh, Wiesenlabkraut, Grasstern, Weißes Waldstroh, Kleinblütiges Wiesen-Labkraut, Gemeines Labkraut
English: hedge bedstraw
español: cerrillo, galio, galio blanco, presera castellana, rubia lisa, rubia mansa, rubia silvestre
suomi: Saksanmatara, etelänpaimenmatara
français: Caille-lait blanc, Gaillet mollugine
Gàidhlig: Màdar Fàil
hornjoserbsce: Łučny sydrik
italiano: Caglio tirolese
Nederlands: Glad Walstro
occitan: Erbo dóu mèu
polski: Przytulia pospolita, Przytulia zwyczajna
русский: Подмаренник мягкий
slovenčina: lipkavec mäkký
svenska: Buskmåra
українська: Підмаренник Бессерів, Підмаринник Бессерів

Galium mollugo, common name hedge bedstraw[1] or false baby's breath, is a herbaceous perennial plant of the family Rubiaceae. It shares the name hedge bedstraw with the related European species, Galium album.


Galium mollugo can reach a height of 15–100 centimetres (5.9–39.4 in). The stems are square in cross-section, more or less erect with ascending branches. Starting from the axils of leaves it has inflorescences of small white flowers with a diameter of about 1 to 1.5 cm, with four petals. The flowering period extends from May to September.[2][3]

Galium mollugo commonly occurs in hedges, bushes, paths, meadows and slopes at an elevation up to 2,100 metres (6,900 ft) above sea level.

Galium mollugo is widely distributed in Europe and North Africa from Denmark, Portugal and Morocco east to the Altay region of Siberia and to the Caucasus. It is naturalized in the Russian Far East, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Greenland, Argentina, Uruguay, and much of North America. It has been reported from the Rocky Mountains, the Cascade Range, the Sierra Nevadas and the Appalachian Mountains as well as the Great Lakes region. It is classified as a noxious weed in New York, Pennsylvania and much of New England.[4][5][6]

BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
Hickman, J. C. 1993. The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California 1–1400. University of California Press, Berkeley.
Gleason, H. A. & A.J. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of the Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada (ed. 2) i–910. New York Botanical Garden, Bronx.
Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
Biota of North America Program
Altervista Flora Italiana

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