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Alchemilla pratensis F. W. Schmidt, Fl. Boem. 3: 88. 1794.
Perennial from a thick woody rootstock, branched, ascending or erect, pubescent or glabrate. Stipules mostly toothed; leaves orbicular-reniform, 5-9-lobed, more or less pubescent, the lower slender-petioled, the upper sessile or nearly so, lobes broad, not deep, serrate; flowers about 2" broad, very numerous in terminal and axillary peduncled often leafy corymbs; pedicels filiform; calyx glabrous, its lobes usually 4, ovate, acutish.
In grassy places near the coast, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and eastern Massachusetts. Naturalized from Europe. Duck's-foot. Padelion or lion's-foot. Syndow. Great sanicle. Bear's-foot. Included in our first edition in A. vulgaris L.; A. glomerulans Buser, and A. filicaulis Buser, are related species of arctic and subarctic America and Europe. May-Sept.
Alchemilla alpina L., found on Miquelon Island, and reported by Pursh (probably erroneously) from the White and the Green Mountains, a native of alpine and northern Europe and Asia, is distinguished from the preceding by its 5 oblong silky entire leaflets.