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Sida elongata Blume var. balica (Miq.) Borss. in Blumea 14: 182. 1966; Mathew & Sivarajan in. Econ Tax. Bot. 4: 617.1983. S. balica Miq., Fl. Ind. Bat. 1,2: 141.1858.

Annual, erect herbs or undersbrubs, ca 1.5 m high; stems terete, densely pubescent with coarse stellate and simple hairs. Leaves 2.5 - 10 x 1 - 8 cm, ovate to orbicular, cordate at base, acute to acuminate at apex, irreguIarly crenate, 7 - 9-nerved at base, densely pubescent with stellate and simple hairs; petioles 3 - 6 mm long, pubescent; stipules 6 - 7 mm long, linear, hairy. Flowers axillary, initially solitary, ultimately in lax racemes or panicles by development of accessory buds or by decrescence of leaves;pedicels 1 - 2 cm long, accrescent up to 4 cm, slender, jointed in the middle. Calyx ca 3 mm long, campanulate, 5-lobed; lobes as long as tube, triangular, ciliate. Corolla yellow, ca 20 mm across; petals ca 10 mm long, obovate, rounded at apex, glabrous. Staminal column ca 5 nun long, hairy, base conical, antheriferous at apex. Mericarps 5, tetrahedral with blunt angles, ca 2.5 mm long, awnless, dorsally short hairy. Seeds ca 2.5 mm long, ovoid, slightly trigonous, glabrous, greyish to blackish brown.

Distrib. India: Kerala.

Malesia (Java and lesser Sunda Islands).

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