Galium saxatile

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRubiaceaeGaliumGalium saxatile


A low-growing perennial herb of infertile acidic soils, occurring in grassland, on heaths, in rocky places and open woods, and locally on disturbed or derelict ground. 0-1215 m (Ben Lawers, Mid Perth).



World Distribution

Suboceanic Temperate element.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 3

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.5

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.3

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1148

Life form information

Height (cm): 30

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Extensively creeping and rooting at nodes

Comment on Clonality

Extensively clonal by rooting stems according to Grime et al.

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2489

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 793

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 9

Atlas Change Index: -0.15

Weighted Changed Factor: -28

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.