Heath Bedstraw - Galium saxatile

    Description

    Low to short hairless plant, with a lax prostrate mat of vegetative shoots and spreading or ascending flowering shoots. Stems are smooth, square and much branched. Leaves in whorls of 6 to 8 elliptical and broadest above the middle, the margins with forward pointing bristles. Flowers white, with four petals, 2.5 to 4 mm in lax short branched panicles.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Scrub and pasture on dry acid soils.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History

    Perennial

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in most of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Local in Leicestershire and Rutland but in suitable locations it can be abundant. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 65 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map