Sticky Indian Mallow
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Sticky Indian Mallow
P Native Photo: Ankush Dave
Common name: Sticky Indian Mallow
Botanical name: Abutilon ramosum    Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Synonyms: Sida ramosa, Abutilon sidoides

Sticky Indian Mallow is a perennial, 1-2 m tall herb or shrub. Branches are hairy or sticky-hairy. Flowers are yellow, 1.5 cm across; petals 1.0-1.2 cm long. Staminal column very short, finely velvet-hairy. Calyx is 5-7 mm long, fused up to the middle; sepals detoid-ovate, tapering-cuspidate, 3-5. mm broad, velvet-hairy, sticky. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils or at branch-ends, solitary or paired or divided above dichotomously as in cyme. Flower-cluster-stalk is 1.5-4.5 cm long, woolly and mixed with a few simple, weak, spreading hairs. Flower-stalk in solitary 3-4 cm long, articulate above the middle, in cyme 3-6 mm long. Leaves have 3-10 cm long, velvet-hairy leaf-stalks, stipules 6-10 mm long, thread-like-linear, hairy. Leaves are 3-13 cm long, 2-11 cm broad, papery, broadly ovate, tapering, heart-shaped at base, coarsely rounded toothed or sawtoothed up to the base, velvet-hairy to becoming hairless on both sides, sometimes 3-angular. Fruit is cylindric, 8 mm long, 5-6 mm broad, velvet-hairy, slightly sticky. Sticky Indian Mallow is found in Tropical Africa, India and Pakistan.

Identification credit: Ankush Dave Photographed in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

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