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the web of life in southern Africa

Genus: Alchemilla

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid I > Order: Rosales > Family: Rosaceae

About 250 species worldwide, of which 16 are native to southern Africa, mainly in the eastern summer-rainfall regions. A further two species from Europe, are cultivated in southern Africa.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of southern Africa - an online checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Alchemilla bakeri


Alchemilla bicarpellata


Alchemilla bolusii


Alchemilla capensis


Alchemilla colura


Alchemilla cryptantha

Alchemilla elongata


Alchemilla galpinii


Alchemilla hirsuto-petiolata


Alchemilla incurvata


Alchemilla kiwuensis

Alchemilla natalensis


Alchemilla quinqueloba


Alchemilla rehmannii


Alchemilla schlechteriana


Alchemilla woodii


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Alchemilla mollis

Native from eastern Europe to the Caucasus.


Alchemilla xanthochlora

Native to Europe.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.