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Sida ovata Forsskal, Fl. Aegypt.-Arab. 124. 1775. S. grewioides Guillemin & Perrottet in Guillemin et al. Fl. Seneg. Tent. 1: 71. 1830; Masters in Fl. Brit. India 1: 323. 1874

Undershrubs, ca 30 cm high; stems, petioles and pedicels pubescent with stellate hairs. Leaves 1.5 - 5 x 1 - 4 cm, ovate-oblong, rounded at base, obtuse at apex, crenate, densely stellate-velutinous on both surfaces; petioles 0.5 - 1.5 cm long; stipules up to 1 cm long, linear to lanceolate, stellate-pubescent. Flowers axillary, solitary or sometimes paired; pedicels 0.5 - 1 cm long, shorter than petioles, jointed above the middle. Calyx 5 - 8 mm across, campanulate, accrescent up to 1.5 cm; lobes 5 - 7 x 3 - 5 mm, ovate, accrescent up to ca 10 x 7 mm, densely stellate-pubescent outside, glabrous except for stellate and few simple hairs towards apical margins inside. Corolla yellow or yellowish white; petals ca 1 x 0.5 cm, obliquely truncate, sparsely covered with bulbous based hairs, glabrous inside. Staminal column ca 7 mm long, simple and stellate-hairy. Schizocarps ca 5 mm across, indehiscent or nearly so, blackish; mericarps 8, 3 - 4 mm across, with prominent reticulate, on dorsal and ventral surface sparsely hairy, 2-awned at apex, awns compressed, ca 1 mm long. Seeds 2 mm in diam., rounded-reniform, glabrous, hilum with few short stellate hairs, blackish.

Fl. & Fr. July - Feb.

Distrib. India: In dry open areas up to 600 m. Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.

Pakistan, Iran, Arabia and Africa.

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