ALPINE LADY'S-MANTLE

Alchemilla alpina

Rose Family [Rosaceae]  

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status
statusZnative
flower
flower8yellow
inner
inner8green
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ4
type
typeZclustered
stem
stem8round

10th July 2009, Base Brown, Borrowdale Valley, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Carpeting the short grass on top of a mountain.


12th June 2009, Sticks Pass, Glenridding, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Amidst rock-spoil from Greenside Mine, over 1000 feet high.


12th June 2009, Sticks Pass, Glenridding, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Leaves with between five and seven narrow, quite separate, lobes, arranged over 270°. Edges with a white or silvery border and toothed, especially the extremities. Flowers are tiny and pale greeny yellow.


12th June 2009, Sticks Pass, Glenridding, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Silver-edged leaves, flowers on a branched stalk.


12th June 2009, Sticks Pass, Glenridding, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Flowers with four yellow-green petals backed by four green sepals set in-between. Ant on flowers.


12th June 2009, Sticks Pass, Glenridding, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Clustered flowers; they look fuzzy from anything but close-up.


12th June 2009, Sticks Pass, Glenridding, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Nominally four petals, but even in this small photo there is one with three petals.


12th June 2009, Sticks Pass, Glenridding, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Leaves silvery edged, teeth prominent at extremities imparting a frayed appearance.


8th June 2007, Sticks Pass, Glenridding, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
No lobes joined except at the very centre.



Some similarities to : Silver Lady's-Mantle, which has leaves that are silvery underneath and lobes that are joined before the they meet at the centre. Silver Lady's-Mantle is a garden plant, to be found escaped near gardens rather than up mountains.

Flowers reminiscent of : Lady's Bedstraw except that they are not as numerous, nor as yellow.

Uniquely identifiable characteristics

Distinguishing Feature : Leaves palmately lobed, deeply divided, silvery edged and jaggedly toothed at the extremities. Found high up on mountains.


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Alchemilla
(Lady's-Mantles)

ALPINE LADY'S-MANTLE

Alchemilla alpina

Rose Family [Rosaceae]  

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