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Galium saxatile

Galium saxatile (*)

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 saxatile
Varietates: G. s. var. saxatile – G. s. var. vivianum

Galium saxatile L., Sp. Pl.: 106 (1753).

Galium helveticum Weigel, Observ. Bot.: 24 (1772).

Additional references

Castroviejo, S., Devesa Alcaraz, J.A., Gonzalo, R. & Herrero, A. (eds.) 2007. Flora Ibérica. Plantas Vasculares de la Península Ibérica e Islas Baleares. Vol. XV. Rubiaceae – Dipsacaceae. xlv + 449 pp. Real Jardín Botánico, CSIC, Madrid. ISBN 978-84-00-08567-4. Biblioteca Digital. Reference page.


Hassler, M. 2021. Galium saxatile. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2021. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 April 24. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2021. Galium saxatile in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2021 April 24. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2021. Galium saxatile. Published online. Accessed: 24 April 2021.

Vernacular names
English: Heath bedstraw
suomi: Nummimatara
polski: Przytulia hercyńska

Galium saxatile or heath bedstraw[1] is a plant species of the genus Galium. It is related to cleavers.

Galium saxatile is a perennial mat-forming herb, found on grassland, moors, heaths and woods. It can reach a height of 20 centimetres (7.9 in), and flowers in the UK from May to August. The stems are hairless and four sided. Its leaves are 8–25 millimetres (0.31–0.98 in) long, with 6–8 per whorl, and are lanceolate or obovate in shape. The mountain ringlet butterfly uses the plant for nectar.[2][3]

Galium saxatile is widespread across much of northern and central Europe from Portugal and Ireland to Scandinavia, France, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Russia. It is also reportedly sparingly naturalized in Quebec, California and the Falkland Islands.[4][5]


BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
"Heath Bedstraw Galium saxatile". Postcode plants database. London: Natural History Museum. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
Biota of North America Project
Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families

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