Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
Galium aparine Linnaeus
(Cleavers, Sticky Willy)
Galium aparine Linnaeus var. echinospermum (Wallroth) Farwell
Galium aparine Linnaeus var. vaillantii (A.P. de Candolle) Kock
Galium aparine is an annual that has small white petals and a sprawling prostrate growth habit. The leaves are whorled, with six or eight leaflets in most whorls. The fruit is covered with hooked bristles. Galium aparine is most common in lower to middle elevation canyons.
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Galium aparine, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Burro Mtns., Deadman Canyon, June 13, 2007
Galium aparine, detail of flower, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Deadman Canyon, July 14, 2007
Galium aparine, closeup of flower, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Pancho Canyon, April 17, 2009
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