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

Botswana: 7 taxa.

Sida cordifolia subsp. maculata

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
alba L.Description, Image
chrysantha Ulbr.SE
cordifolia L. subsp. maculata (Cav.) MaraisN,SEDescription, Image
dregei Burtt Davy
hoepfneri G├╝rkeN,SEDescription, Image
ovata Forssk.Description, Image
rhombifolia L.

Other sources of information about Sida:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Sida
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Sida
Flora of Malawi: Sida
Flora of Mozambique: Sida
Flora of Zambia: Sida
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sida

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sida
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sida
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sida
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Sida
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Sida
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sida
JSTOR Plant Science: Sida
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sida
Plants of the World Online: Sida
Tropicos: Sida
Wikipedia: Sida

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Sida.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=939, retrieved 28 May 2024

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