Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)
Malvaceae

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Sida cordifolia L.

Leaf arrangement

Alternate

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Chordate, Ovate

Leaf Apex

Acute

Leaf Base

Sub-Cordate

Leaf Margin

Serrate

Habit : A small shrub.

Habitat and Distribution : Common on the roadside and slopes. Plains from the coast to 1000(1200)m. Pantropical.

Indigenous Information : The plant is used in curing asthma by applying paste made with whole plant, pepper and garlic over the body.

Field Tips : Leaves fluffy white.

 

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Names:

English : Country Mallow
Irula : Ottumolai, Ottumar chedi, Thutti, Bhootacedi



Flower:

Solitary or 5-7 in a cluster, pale yellow. Flowering throughout the year.

Fruit :

A schizocarp, margins ciliate. Seeds ovoid or trigonous. Fruiting throughout the year.

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Malvaceae