Aphanes Linnaeus. Subfamily: Rosoideae. Tribe: Potentilleae. Subtribe: Fragariinae.
A genus of about 20 species, herbs, of tropical and temperate Old World. Aphanes has usually been accepted by Europeans as distinct from Alchemilla, but Kalkman (in Kubitzki 2004) retains it (with some doubt) in Alchemilla, as a subgenus and Eriksson et al. (2003) and Gehrke et al. (2008) include it in Alchemilla based on molecular evidence. Aphanes appears to be monophyletic and is morphologically distinctive; Gehrke et al. (2008) prefer a broad circumscription of Alchemilla to naming an additional monophyletic clade of African species as a separate genus.
Ref: Eriksson et al. (2003); Gehrke et al. (2008); Kalkman In Kubitzki et al. (2004); McNeill & Ertter (2014) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2014); Robertson (1974). Show full citations.