4998.000 Sida L.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs or suffrutices. Leaves (in ours), serrate, crenate-serrate or lobed. Flowers orange, yellow or cream, usually opening in the morning. Epicalyx 0. Fruit of 5 to 12 mericarps, dehiscent at the apex, base or indehiscent, usually acute, beaked or awned, each containing one seed. Note that Malvastrum coromandelianum looks like a species of Sida and grows in similar habitats, but may be easily separated by its 3 linear epicalyx bracts. Similarly, Hibiscus sidiformis, as the name suggests, somewhat resembles a Sida and, indeed, lacks an epicalyx. However, it would be readily separated by the fruit.

Derivation of name: (oddly) from a Greek name for a water-lily.

Worldwide: c. 200 species in tropical and warm zones, but especially America

Malawi: 3 taxa.

Sida cordifolia subsp. maculata

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
acuta Burm.f.N,C,SDescription, Image
alba L.Description, Image
cordifolia L. subsp. maculata (Cav.) MaraisC,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Sida:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Sida
Flora of Caprivi: Sida
Flora of Mozambique: Sida
Flora of Zambia: Sida
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sida

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Sida
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sida
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Sida
Wikipedia: Sida
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sida
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sida

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Sida.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=939, retrieved 30 January 2023

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