Sida acuta Burm.f.

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Sida acuta

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Sida acuta

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Sida carpinifolia sensu Mast.
Common names: Common wireweed (English) Isinama (Ndebele)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Erect branched suffrutex up to c. 1 m tall, rarely taller. Stems green, mostly hairless to stellate-hairy, particularly on younger parts. Leaves more or less narrowly lanceolate, 2-6(10) cm long; apex acute; base obtuse to rounded, hairless to sparsely stellate-hairy; margin regularly serrate; petiole c. 2.5 mm, pubescent. Stipules linear, usually longer than the petiole. Flowers axillary, solitary or 2 together. Calyx 6-8 mm long, somewhat angular, saucer-shaped, hairless, lobed to the middle; petals as long as calyx, yellow. Mericarps 5-6, c. 4 mm long, birostrate, grooved between the awns.
Notes: This species is fairly easily distinguished from others in this genus by the narrowly lanceolate, acute leaves, which are often held in one plane on younger branches.
Derivation of specific name: acuta: pointed, acute, referring to the leaf shape.
Habitat: In disturbed areas, along roadsides and as a weed of cultivation.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
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Worldwide distribution: Pantropical. Also in Namibia and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Friday 30 March 2012

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 96 - 97. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 51. As Sida acuta acuta

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 84.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 477 - 479.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 75.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 119.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sida acuta., retrieved 30 September 2020

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