Galium aparine


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cleavers

Herbal medicine
An annual herb that contains citric acid, coumarins and tannins; it is diuretic and alterative (i.e., stimulates lymphatic circulation), and is used to treat kidney stones, arthritis, hypertension, skin conditions (e.g., eczema and psoriasis), and is believed to be of use in treating lymphomas.

Galium aparine

(gal'e-um)
An invasive weed native to Eurasia and North America from which a tea is made that is used in herbal medicine as a diuretic and to promote healing. Synonym: catchweed; cleavers; goosegrass
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Representative herbaceous plants include Ageratina altissima, white snakeroot; Galium aparine, bedstraw: Geum canadense, white avens; Poa pratensis, Kentucky bluegrass; Rudbeckia laciniata, cutleaf coneflower; and Viola sororia, sister violet--all common to abundant.
Fragaria virginiana, Galium aparine, Helianthus tuberosus, Plantago rugelii, Ratibida pinnata, Solidago altissima, Sorghastrum nutans, and Symphyotrichum pilosum.
Herbaceous plants occurring beneath these taller trees are Ageratina altissima, Cinna arundinacea, Dichanthelium clandestinum, Elymus virginicus, Galium aparine, Geum canadense, Muhlenbergia schreberi, Poa trivialis, Rubus occidentalis, Sanicula odorata, Stellaria media, Symphyotrichum lateriflorum, and Verbesina alternifolia.
The herbaceous layer is rich in forbs, including Agrimonia parviflora, Eupatorium perfoliatum, Floerkea proserpinacoides, Galium aparine, Hesperis matronalis, Impatiens capensis, Laportea canadensis, Lysimachia ciliata, L.
and Acer platanoides, the ground cover through spring and early summer consisted almost exclusively of Galium aparine and Stellaria media.