Alchemilla xanthochlora Rothm.

Lady's Mantle

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni. Veg. 42: 167 (1937) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Tufted herb to c. 20 cm high, stems covered in soft, spreading white hairs; lower stems and rootstock covered by remains of old petioles. Leaves mostly basal, long-petiolate, lamina reniform, 2–8 cm diam., shallowly 9–11-lobed, glabrous to sparsely hairy near veins, base subpeltate, margins toothed; petiole with soft, spreading hairs, 3–20 cm long; stipules c. conical, 8–16-lobed, green, becoming brown and papery, hairy. Flowers green to yellowish-green, c. 2.5 mm diam.; sepals ovate-triangular, c. 1 mm long; epicalyx lobes smaller than sepals; hypanthium urceolate, c. 1.3 mm long; stamens usually 4, alternating with sepals. Achene brown, enclosed in hypanthium, c. 1.5 mm long. Flowers mainly Dec.–Feb.

HNF, VAlp. Also NSW. Occurs in alpine and subalpine regions, but rather rare (e.g. Snowy Range, Bogong High Plains, Mt Hotham area), mainly along watercourses or seepage lines.

Alchemilla xanthochlora occurs in alpine regions of Europe, it is unclear if this species has been introduced to Australia from Europe, or if plants are native to Australia. Plants are considered native in Australia due to the presence of early records and the limited distribution of this species in generally intact alpine areas. Further research is required to determine if plants from Australia and Europe are the same species, or if Australian material represents a distinct species.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-12-01
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-03-15
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Rosales
family Rosaceae
genus Alchemilla
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Alchemilla xanthochlora in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Alchemilla xanthochlora in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

State distribution

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New South Wales