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Image of Galium aparine (lengua de gato). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Galium aparine

VII Region, Pelarco, Libueno, Chile
Altitude: 260-360 m. 10 01, 2006

 

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Species:  Galium aparine L.
Family:  Rubiaceae Identification very doubtful, we must check it in the near future. Certainty 50 %.   
Order:  Rubiales
Chilean Name:  lengua de gato
English Name: 
German Name: 
Russian Name: 
Record:  K7045
About 22 Galium in Chile and 7 in our data base.
About 36 Rubiaceae in Chile and 16 in our data base.

 

1st Region:
Lat: 18° - 21°
Main Cities: Arica, Iquique.
2d Region:
Lat: 21° - 26°
Main Cities: Antofagasta, Calama.
3d Region:
Lat: 26° - 29°
Main Cities: Copiapó, Vallenar.
4th Region:
Lat: 29° - 32°
Main Cities: La Serena, Ovalle.
5th Region:
Lat: 32° - 33°
Main Cities: Valparaiso, Los Andes.
Metropolitan Region:
Lat: 33°- 34°
Main Cities: Santiago.
6th Region:
Lat: 34° - 35°
Main Cities: Rancagua.
7th Region:
Lat: 35° - 36°
Main Cities: Talca, Curicó.
8th Region:
Lat: 36° - 38°
Main Cities: Concepción, Chillan, Los Angeles.
9th Region:
Lat: 38° - 39°
Main Cities: Temuco, Villarrica, Pucón.
10th Region:
Lat: 39° - 44°
Main Cities: Valdivia, Osorno, Puerto Montt.
11th Region:
Lat: 44° - 49°
Main Cities: Coihaique.
12th Region:
Lat 49°- 55°
Main Cities: Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Puerto Williams.
USDA Hardiness Zone 9.  The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile).     Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.   Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.     Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.   Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.   
Low altitude, interior valleys
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m
White, 4 petals      Annual     

Foreign    Frequent

No ornamental value (C)

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INTRODUCTION

Image of Galium aparine (lengua de gato). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Galium aparine

VII Region, Pelarco, Libueno, Chile
Altitude: 260-360 m. 10 01, 2006

 

DESCRIPTION

Plant type: Annual

Flower: White, 4 petals

 

Image of Galium aparine (lengua de gato). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Galium aparine

VII Region, Pelarco, Libueno, Chile
Altitude: 260-360 m. 10 01, 2006

 

HABITAT

In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:

 

Habitat according to altitude:

Low altitude, interior valleys
Coastal mountains, 500 - 2000 m.
Coastal areas, 0 - 500 m

 

Watering conditions:

Dry, arid areas, with long drought periods of 6 - 10 months. Precipitations of 100 mm - 300 mm. are concentrated in winter.
Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.

 

Light conditions:

Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.
Some shadow. Some protection against direct sunlight, some shadow from vegetation, filtering about 20 - 40 % of light.

 

Image of Galium aparine (lengua de gato). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Galium aparine

VII Region, Pelarco, Libueno, Chile
Altitude: 260-360 m. 10 01, 2006

 

USES

No ornamental value (C)

 

 

 

 

Image of Galium aparine (lengua de gato). Click to enlarge parts of image.

Image of Galium aparine

VII Region, Pelarco, Libueno, Chile
Altitude: 260-360 m. 10 01, 2006

 

GROWING TIPS

 

This species has the following hardiness:

USDA Hardiness Zone 9. The plant does not tolerate snow, but can tolerate occasional freezing spells of about - 5° C (the typical morning frost of central Chile).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More photos (5) of Galium aparine L. available here

More species from the same Rubiaceae family in our data base:

Cruckshanksia hymenodon var. hymenodon

Cruckshanksia hymenodon

Cruckshanksia montiana

Cruckshanksia pumila

Cruckshanksia sp. #1346

Galium aparine (lengua de gato)

Galium eriocapium

Galium eriocarpum

Galium hypocarpium (Relbún)

Galium sp. #1345

Galium sp. #2363

Galium trichocarpum

Nertera granadensis (Rucachucao / Coralito / Quelligüenchucaou)

Oreopolus glacialis (Oreopolo)

Oreopolus palmae

Oreopolus sp. #1415

Sherardia arvensis

 

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