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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordoo: Rosales

Familia: Rosaceae
Subfamilia: Rosoideae
Tribus: Potentilleae
Subtribus: Fragariinae
Genus: Aphanes
Species A. arvensis – A. australis – A. cornucopioides – A. microcarpa

Aphanes L., Sp. Pl. 1: 123. (1753)

Type species: Aphanes arvensis L., Sp. Pl. 1: 123. (1753)

Taxonomic notes

Sometimes accepted as a synonym of Alchemilla see Govaerts et al. (2020) cf. Hassler (2020). but note that Chen et al. (2020) strongly supports its retention as a separate genus.

Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum 1: 123.
Chen, X., Li, J., , Zhang, W., Liu, Y., Wu, P., Yang, X., Wang, L. & Zhou, S.-L. 2020. Molecular systematics of Rosoideae (Rosaceae). Plant Systematics and Evolution 306(1, 9): 1–12. DOI: 10.1007/s00606-020-01629-z Paywall ResearchGate Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2020. Aphanes in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Jan. 3. Reference page.
Hassler, M. 2020. Aphanes. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2020. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2020 Jan. 3. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2020. 25. Published online. Accessed: May 2020.

Vernacular names
čeština: nepatrnec
Deutsch: Ackerfrauenmantel
English: Parsley-piert
فارسی: پاشیرک
suomi: Poimukit, peltopoimulehdet
hornjoserbsce: Rólny šišmanc
lietuvių: Mažuolė
Nederlands: Leeuwenklauw
polski: Skrytek
slovenčina: drobnobyľ
svenska: Jungfrukamssläktet

Aphanes (parsley-piert) is a genus of around 20 species[1] in the rose family (Rosaceae), native to Europe, Asia and Australia. A 2003 study indicated that Aphanes may belong to the genus Alchemilla, commonly called lady's-mantle.[2][3] They are slender, annual prostrate herbs, much-branched with deeply lobed leaves, pilose (covered with soft hair) and on short petioles. The tiny green to yellow flowers without petals grow in clusters in the denticulate leaflike stipules.

Species include:

Aphanes andicola Rothm.
Aphanes arvensis L. – field parsley-piert, western lady's-mantle, parsley breakstone
Aphanes australiana – Australian piert
Aphanes cotopaxiensis Romoleroux & Frost-Olsen
Aphanes cuneifolia (Nutt.) Rydb.
Aphanes looseri Rothm.
Aphanes microcarpa (Boiss. & Reut.) Rothm. (syn. A. australis, A. inexpectata) – slender parsley-piert
Aphanes occidentalis (Nutt.) Rydb. – dew cup, lady's mantle


D. J. Mabberley (2008). Mabberley's Plant-book: a Portable Dictionary of Plants, Their Classifications, and Uses. Cambridge University Press. p. 25. ISBN 9780521820714.
Torsten Eriksson; Malin S. Hibbs; Anne D. Yoder; Charles F. Delwiche; Michael J. Donoghue (2003). "The phylogeny of Rosoideae (Rosaceae) based on sequences of the internal transcribed spacers (ITS) of nuclear ribosomal DNA and the trnL/F region of chloroplast DNA" (PDF). International Journal of Plant Sciences. 164 (2): 197–211. doi:10.1086/346163. S2CID 22378156.
Ji Young Yang; Jae-Hong Pak (2006). "Phylogeny of Korean Rubus (Rosaceae) based on its (nrDNA) and trnL/F intergenic region (cpDNA)". Journal of Plant Biology. 49 (1): 44–54. doi:10.1007/BF03030787. S2CID 25407118.

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