Alchemilla kiwuensis Engl.

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Alchemilla kiwuensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Alchemilla kiwuensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

Alchemilla kiwuensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the Swynnerton Memorial, Chirinda Forest

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Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Low perennial herb, spreading by slender hairy stolons.Leaves in a basal rosette, petiolate, almost circular to kidney-shaped in outline, deeply 5-9-lobed, covered in spreading white hairs on both surfaces; deeply cordate at the base; margin dentate. Flowers in few-flowered clusters, very small, petals absent; calyx with epicalyx lobes.
Notes: The leaf-lobes are more deeply cut than in Alchemilla cryptantha and may number more than 7 lobes per leaf. They also form a persistent basal rosette.
Derivation of specific name: kiwuensis: of the Kivu area in Rwanda, where the type specimen was found.
Habitat: In moist grassland and along the edges of evergreen forest often near streams.
Altitude range: (metres) 1150 - 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Cameroon, DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s): Perennial.
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Images last updated: Friday 3 February 2012

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Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 70.

Mendes, E.J. (1978). Rosaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 32 - 33.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 86.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 159.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Alchemilla kiwuensis., retrieved 22 October 2016

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