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Photograph by: 
Peter Orchard

An abundant species found in hedgerows and scrubby places across Dorset.



Common Name Cleavers
Alternative Name(s) Goose Grass
Scientific Name Galium aparine
Species Group Bedstraw Family Rubiaceae
Interest Level
Look for
Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Bedstraw family - Rubiaceae
Status very common
Flower Colour Group White
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
Preferred Environment
Look for Tiny flowers on a large but straggly plant with 'hooked' stems and leaves
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

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Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Bedstraw Family Rubiaceae