Flora of the Nilgiris

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

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Sida rhombifolia L.

Leaf arrangement

Alternate distichous

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Ovate, Elliptic, Rhomboid

Leaf Apex

Obtuse

Leaf Base

Cuneate

Leaf Margin

Entire

Habit : A spreading herb.

Habitat and Distribution : Common weed on wastelands, fallow fields, especially disturbed ground. Hills 500-1000m. Tropical and sub tropical regions of the world.

Indigenous Information : Leaves and roots are highly medicinal.

Other relevent information : Flowers attract butterflies. Food plant for the caterpillars of the Lemon Pansy. Stem and root used in traditional medicine.

Field Tips : Stem is dark purple.

 

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Names:

English : Angled Sida
Irula : Kuthukalagandrai
Tamil : Chitha mutti, Karisalanganni
Hindi : Atibala
Malayalam : Anakurunthotti

Flower:

Solitary or in clustered cymes, yellow. Flowering throughout the year.

Fruit :

A schizocarp. Seeds ovoid. Fruiting throughout the year.

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Malvaceae