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12. Alchemilla mollis (Buser) Rothmaler, Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 33: 347. 1934.

Garden lady’s mantle

Alchemilla acutiloba Steven var. mollis Buser, Bull. Herb. Boissier 4: 759. 1896

Plants large to very large, yellowish green, ˂to 80 cm, often very robust, densely hairy, hairs patent, soft˃. Stems densely spreading-hairy (to inflorescences). Leaves: stipules translucent, usually pale pink proximally, ˂lobes turning brownish˃; blade orbiculate or reniform-orbiculate, 9–11-lobed, margins flat or slightly undulate, basal sinuses narrow to almost closed, ˂basal lobes sometimes overlapping˃, middle lobes ˂with lateral sides convex or slightly concave at base˃, shorter than to as long as their half-widths; incisions absent; teeth slightly connivent or not, ± symmetric, apex acute or subacute, surfaces densely hairy throughout. Inflorescences: primary branches densely hairy; ˂peduncles pubescent or almost glabrous˃. Pedicels glabrous. Flowers: epicalyx bractlet lengths 1 times sepals (as wide), ˂often with blunt teeth, glabrous; epicalyx bractlets and sepals patent after flowering, giving appearance of an 8-point star˃; hypanthium usually densely, occasionally sparsely, hairy (in proximal 1/2). Achenes exserted from discs (distinctly longer than hypanthia).

Flowering late Jul–Sep. Densely vegetated lake shores; 0–100 m; introduced; B.C., Ont.; Europe (e Carpathians); w Asia (Caucasus, Turkey).


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