Botanical name: Sida rhombifolia Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
This is a weed very common in India and Sri Lanka in the dry country. A summer annual with yellow flowers and very small spines at the base of each leaf and branch. This plant most often occurs as a weed of peanuts, cotton, and soybeans. Leaves: Arranged alternately along the stem, approximately 3/4 to inches long, with petioles that are less than 1/3 the length of the leaves. Leaves are widest at or above the middle and taper toward the leaf bases (rhombic) The upper 1/2 of the leaves have toothed or serrated margins while the remainder of the leaves are untoothed. Flowers: Occur singly on flower stalks (peduncles) that arise from the area between the stems and leaf petioles. Flowers consist of 5 yellow petals that are 4 to 8 mm long. The seedlings with 2 heart-shaped cotyledons, the small spines that occur at the base of each leaf petiole, and the 'rhombic' leaves are all characteristics that help in the identification of jelly leaf.
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