Wedge-Leaf Sida
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Wedge-Leaf Sida
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Wedge-Leaf Sida
Botanical name: Sida cuneifolia    Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Synonyms: Dictyocarpus truncatus, Hermannia alnifolia, Melochia truncata

Wedge-Leaf Sida is a perennial herb, with many trailing or erect repeatedly forked branches, 6-12 inches long, arising from the root stock. Leaf-stalk is shorter than the leaves, which are small, 1.2 cm long, obovate, flat at tip. wedge-shaped at the base, sparsely covered with star-shaped hairs; stipules small, ligulate. Flowers arise singly in leaf-axils, on very short jointed stalks, which are sometimes crowded towards the end of the branches. Calyx is broad-cup-shaped, 5-cleft; sepals triangular. Flowers are yellow; petals about 5 x 2 mm, hairless. Stamen column is about 1.5 mm long, star-shaped-hairy. Fruit is spherical, of 5 hairless, 1-seeded, slightly beaked carpels (beak bent inwards) splitting along the inner edge. s Wedge-Leaf Sida is found in Peninsular India.

Identification credit: S. Kasim, J.M. Garg Photographed at Manimangalam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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