FLORA OF ICELAND elements: Alchemilla alpina, alpine lady's-mantle

Alchemilla alpina; the alpine lady's-mantle is common on all dry soils. It differs from the common lady's-mantle in its lanceolate leaflets with smooth margins in compound leave structure whereas the common lady's-mantle has entire hand-shaped leaves with toothed margins. In eastern and north-eastern Iceland the Faeroeic lady's mantle (A. faeroënsis) grows. They are in appearance very similar to the common lady's-mantle but differs in very deep incised leaves making them almost compound. It is a member of the Rose family (Rosaceae). The Icelandic name of this species is Lj├│nslappi.

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