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Greystone Park Nature Reserve, Harare
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Description: Perennial herb, spreading by long hairy stolons. It is very similar to
Alchemilla kiwuensis. In that species the leaves often have more than 7 lobes, which are more deeply cut and thus longer than broad. The leaves normally form a persistent basal rosette. A. cryptantha has 5 - 7 lobes per leaf, which are as wide as long and are borne along the stolons. They may form a basal rosette when plants are very young. The flowers are axillary, small and inconspicuous, usually hidden by the stipules.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In wet grassland, often along streams.
Altitude range: (metres)
1300 - 1700 m
Growth form(s): Perennial.
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Display spot characters for this species
Rosaceae Mendes, E.J. (1978). Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 30 - 32. Comments
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Alchemilla cryptantha External websites: African Plant Database
Alchemilla cryptantha Biodiversity Explorer
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Alchemilla cryptantha Flora Zambesiaca
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Alchemilla cryptantha IPNI
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Alchemilla cryptantha Ispot Southern Africa
Alchemilla cryptantha JSTOR Plant Science
Alchemilla cryptantha Kew Herbarium catalogue
Alchemilla cryptantha Tropicos
Alchemilla cryptantha West African Plants database
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Alchemilla cryptantha.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=125390, retrieved 30 September 2016
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