Annual or perennial herbs or
suffrutices. Leaves (in ours), serrate, crenate-serrate or lobed. Flowers orange, yellow or cream. 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.
Worldwide: c. 200 species in tropical and warm zones, but especially America
Zimbabwe: 12 taxa.