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Alchemilla sp., Alchemilla vulgaris

Lady's mantle



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Alchemilla sp. Lady's mantle, Frauenmantel, Daggkåpa

derives from the Arabic word alkemeyeh, chemistry. The alchemists used the yellowish drops on lady's mantles in their efforts to try to make gold.

The name Alchemilla was first used by Hieronymus Bock in 1539

With the exception of Alchemilla alpina, all of the 24 sub-species in Sweden are sometimes referred to as Alchemilla vulgaris. All of them are apomictic, which mean they use asexual reproduction and don't create hybrids with each other.

A popular belief is, that the drops that can be found on the leaves early mornings are dew, when in fact it could be the result of gutation. Dew form when warm air hit a colder surface. Gutation occur, usually in the evenings, when the humidity near the leaves are close to 100 %. There is no space in the surrounding air to hold the water vapor evaporating from the plants, and it condensate on the leaves as droplets.

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Abisko - Abiskojaure (Kings Trail, Swedish Lapland)

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