Galium aparine (leaf)

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Galium aparine L.   Rubiaceae  
Standardized common name (English): cleavers

Botanical Voucher Specimen

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Galium aparine Kew barcode=K000349193.jpg
Source: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.[1]

Galium aparine Kew barcode=K000914390.jpg
Source: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.[2]

Organoleptic Characteristics

It is inodorous, and has a bitterish, herbaceous, somewhat acrid taste.

Source: United States Dispensatory (1918) [3]

Macroscopic Characteristics


Galium aparine Tropicos 79313.jpg
Leaf, lower surface
Source: MOBOT,[4]

Microscopic Characteristics

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Galium aparine (leaf) raphides Alkemist Labs.png
Idioblast containing raphides of calcium oxalate.
Source: Elan M. Sudberg, Alkemist Laboratories[5]

Galium aparine (leaf) trichome Alkemist Labs.png
Large unicellular covering trichome.
Source: Elan M. Sudberg, Alkemist Laboratories[6]

High Performance Thin Layer Chromatographic Identification

Supplementary Information


  1. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  2. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  3. United States Dispensatory (1918)
  4. MOBOT,
  5. Elan M. Sudberg, Alkemist Laboratories
  6. Elan M. Sudberg, Alkemist Laboratories
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