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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Status: Native
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
Habitat: In dry areas.
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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.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,E,S
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Images last updated: Monday 20 December 2010

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 479 - 480.

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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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sida ovata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sida ovata
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Tropicos: Sida ovata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sida ovata., retrieved 23 September 2017

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