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Galium; Biology--Classification; Galium--Minnesota


Galium is quite a commonplace, cosmopolitan genus in Minnesota. Most naturalists are familiar with one or more species such as the Northern Bedstraw, G. boreale, and Goosegrass, G. aparine. However, it may come as a surprise to many to learn that there are a total of eleven species and two varieties of Galium found growing within the boundaries of the state.

Because of the difficulties met with in trying to tell the species apart, it was realized soon after this study was initiated that a need existed for a clarification of their taxonomy as it related to the state flora. Furthermore, it was concluded that a clear and logical key to the species would provide a ready means for anyone interested in the group to identify unknown specimens.

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