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Aphanes arvensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Subfamily: Rosoideae
Genus: Aphanes
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Aphanes (Parsley-piert) is a genus in the rose family, Rosaceae, native to Europe, Asia and Australia. A study from 2003 (see Rosoideae) indicates that Aphanes may belong to the genus Alchemilla, commonly called Lady's-mantle. 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. Field Parsley-piert is sometimes used as a herbal remedy against kidney and bladder calculi. It acts as a potent diuretic and antilithic.

Additional recommended knowledge

Selected species:

  • Aphanes arvensis - Field Parsley-piert, Western Lady’s-mantle, Parsley Breakstone
  • Aphanes australiana - Australian Piert
  • Aphanes cotopaxiensis
  • Aphanes inexpectata (syn. A. microcarpa) - Slender Parsley-piert
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