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Galium spurium Linnaeus. Hab: Disturbed areas. Dist: NJ and northwards, but probably more widespread in our area than known at this time (records included under Galium aparine); n. Eurasia.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: This taxon has usually been included under Galium aparine in North American literature, but is generally accorded species rank in Eurasia. See Moore (1975) and for discussion.

Synonymy: = Moore (1975); = Galium aparine L. var. echinosperma – Il, orthographic error; = Galium aparine L. var. echinospermum (Wallr.) Farw. – C, GrPl; = Galium spurium L. ssp. spurium – GBI4; < Galium aparine L. – F, G, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NY; > Galium spurium L. var. echinospermum – Stace (2010); > Galium spurium L. var. spurium – Stace (2010)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Great Plains: FACU (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Midwest: FACU (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FACU (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)

Heliophily: 8

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