1. Family: Rosaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Alchemilla L.
      1. Alchemilla cryptantha Steud. ex A.Rich.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Cameroon to Eritrea and S. Africa, Madagascar.

    [FWTA]

    Rosaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:2. 1958

    Habit
    Low creeping herb
    Flowers
    Flowers greenish-yellow.
    [FZ]

    Rosaceae, E. J. Mendes. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Habit
    Perennial herb with basal rosette of shortly petiolate, fugacious leaves, often developing long, slender, densely hairy stolons usually rooting here and there at nodes.
    Leaves
    Leaves 1–1·5(3·5) x 1·5–3(4·5) cm., circular-reniform in outline, those of rosette 5(7)-lobed, the rest 5-lobed, usually glabrous or subglabrous above and ± densely long-hairy beneath especially on main veins; lobes shallow, usually not deeper than i of the radius of lamina, ± semicircular to broadly obovate; central lobe usually with 15 teeth c. 1 mm. long; petioles of stem leaves slender, up to 5 cm. long, hairy like the stems.
    Flowers
    Flowers axillary, usually solitary or twinned, subsessile or on pedicels up to 8 mm. long, concealed by the stipules, or less often borne in ± elongated cymes or panicles usually not exceeding the subtending leaf.
    Calyx
    Calyx glabrous or rarely covered with long hairs; epicalyx-lobes c. 1 mm. long, exceeding calyx-lobes; calyx-lobes c. 0·7 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Achenes (2)4–8, up to 1·5 mm. long.
    [FTEA]

    Rosaceae, R. A. Graham. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1960

    Habit
    A creeping herb producing basal rosettes of shortly stalked ephemeral leaves and with long, often slender stolons rooting at the nodes and covered with long, whitish or yellowish hairs.
    Stipules
    Stipules 0.8–1.2 cm. long, united below, free and foliaceous above, the ventral suture not extending as far as that at the rear, thus the aperture is oblique.
    Leaves
    Leaves reniform, 5-lobed, 1–1.5(–3.5) cm. long, 1.7–3(–4.5) cm. broad, variably densely covered with long hairs on both surfaces, sometimes nearly glabrous; lobes broadly rounded to broadly obovate, normally shallow, not reaching beyond the centre of the lamina, the sides entire, the terminal teeth subequal (or the central ones smaller); petioles slender, hairy as the stems, up to ± 5 cm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers axillary, usually 1–2 together, ± concealed by the stipules, either subsessile or on filiform pedicels up to 8 mm. long (elongated, cymose inflorescences as in A. kiwuensis rarely developed).
    Pedicel
    Pedicels hairy as the stems.
    Calyx
    Calyx-tube glabrous or covered with white hairs; calyx-lobes ovate-triangular, ± 0.75 mm. long; epicalyx-lobes exceeding the calyx-lobes, broadly ovate, acute, 1 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Achenes (2–)5–8.
    Habitat
    Upland moor, moor-grassland, moist bamboo-thicket and upland grassland, often near streams; 1300–4050 m.
    Distribution
    widely spread on highlands and mountains from Eritrea and the Sudan to the Transvaal K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 T2 T3 T4 T7 U1 U2 U3

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gulf of Guinea Is., Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Malawi, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Alchemilla cryptantha Steud. ex A.Rich. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Nov 1, 2008 Cheek, M. [13539], Cameroon K000518713
    Feb 1, 2002 Cheek, M. [7242], Cameroon K000109638
    Dec 1, 2000 Etuge, M. [2205], Cameroon K000337858
    Dec 1, 2000 Brunt, M.A. [569], Cameroon K000107462
    Dec 1, 2000 Brunt, M.A. [555], Cameroon K000107461
    Dec 1, 2000 Jackson G. [2514], Cameroon K000107457
    Feb 1, 2000 Zapfack, L. [775], Cameroon K000337857
    Jan 1, 1985 Thomas, D.W. [4618], Cameroon K000107452
    Aug 1, 1975 Letouzey, R. [14394], Cameroon K000107451
    Jan 1, 1949 Brenan, J.P.M. [9391a], Cameroon K000107459
    Jan 1, 1937 Schimper [566], Ethiopia K000312712 Unknown type material
    Jan 1, 1937 Mann G. [1984], Cameroon K000107449 Unknown type material
    Jan 1, 1936 Maitland, T.D. [485], Cameroon K000107463
    Jan 1, 1936 Maitland, T.D. [1294], Cameroon K000107468
    Jan 1, 1936 Maitland, T.D. [1760], Cameroon K000107455
    Jan 1, 1896 Fernando. R. [144] K000312560 Unknown type material
    Keay, R.W.J. [FHI 37924], Cameroon K000107460
    Coombe, D.E. [223], Cameroon K000107454
    Hepper, F.N. [2202], Cameroon K000107453
    Morton, J.K. [6881], Cameroon K000107456
    Maitland, T.D. [0s.n.27], Cameroon K000107465
    Schimper [566], Ethiopia K000312711 Unknown type material
    Brenan, J.P.M. [9391], Cameroon K000107458

    First published in Tent. Fl. Abyss. 1: 269 (1847)

    Accepted by

    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Launert, E. (ed.) (1978). Flora Zambesiaca 4: 1-658. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1978). Flora du Rwanda 1: 1-413. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
    • Exell, A.W. (1973). Angiosperms of the islands of the gulf of Guinea (Fernando Po, Príncipe, S.Tomé, and Annobon) Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Botany 4: 325-411.
    • Graham, R.A. (1960). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Rosaceae: 1-61.
    • Hutchinson, J., Dalziel, J.M. & Keay, R.W.J. (1954-1958). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 1-828.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • Hauman in Fl. Congo Belge 3: 7 (1952).
    • —F.T.A. 2: 377
    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Launert, E. (ed.) (1978). Flora Zambesiaca 4: 1-658. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1978). Flora du Rwanda 1: 1-413. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
    • Hutchinson, J., Dalziel, J.M. & Keay, R.W.J. (1954-1958). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 1-828.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Keay in Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 424 (1958).
    • Hedb. in Symb. Bot. Ups. 15 (1): 105 (1957).
    • Hauman, Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 3: 7 (1952).
    • Robyns, Flore des Spermatophytes du Parc National Albert 1: 246 (1948).
    • Hauman & Balle in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de l'État a Bruxelles 14: 8 (1936).
    • Oliv. in Flora of Tropical Africa 2: 377 (1871).
    • A. Rich., Tent. Fl. Abyss. 1: 259 (1847).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa
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