Sida ovata Forssk.

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Sida ovata

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Main Camp to Sinamatella, Hwange NP

Sida ovata

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Main Camp to Sinamatella, Hwange NP

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Synonyms: Sida grewioides Guill. & Perr.
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Suberect suffrutex up to c. 50 cm tall, densely grey-green hairy. Stems wiry, terete to somewhat angled when young, becoming woody and hairless when older. Leaves elliptic, oblong, ovate to somwhat obovate, 10-35 mm long; apex obtuse to rounded; base cuneate to rounded, grey-green hairy on both surfaces; margin coarsely serrate-crenate; petiole 2-10 mm, hairy. Flowers axillary, solitary or occasionally 2-3 together. Calyx c. 6 mm long, 10 ribbed, hairy, lobed to the middle; petals only slightly longer than calyx, yellow to orange-yellow. Mericarps 7-8, c. 4 mm long, birostrate.
Derivation of specific name: ovata: ovate or egg-shaped
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Worldwide distribution: Drier parts of Africa from Senegal to Ethiopia and south to Namibia and Northern South Africa. Also on Socotra and the Arabian Peninsula.
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Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 479 - 480.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 61.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 85.

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Flora of Caprivi: Sida ovata
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Flora of Mozambique: Sida ovata
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sida ovata
African Plant Database: Sida ovata
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sida ovata
JSTOR Plant Science: Sida ovata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sida ovata
Plants of the World Online: Sida ovata
Tropicos: Sida ovata
Wikipedia: Sida ovata

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: Species information: Sida ovata., retrieved 25 May 2024

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