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Sida schimperiana Hochst. ex A. Rich. Fl. Abyss. 1: 66. 1847; Masters in Fl. Brit. India 1: 322. 1874.

Perennial undershrubs or herbs, up to 90 cm high; stems woody, erect or procumbent; Stems, petioles and pedicels appressed stellate-hairy. Leaves 0.5 - 15 x 3 - 5 mm, wedge- shaped, oblong, cuneate at base, retuse at apex with a small toothlet in the hollow middle, entire, glabrous above, densely appressed stellate-hairy beneath; petioles 1 - 3 mm; stipules 1 - 2 mm, linear, subulate. Flowers axillary, solitary, sometimes crowded towards the end of branchlets; pedicels ca 1 mm long. Calyx divided more or less up to the middle; lobes 3 - 5 x 1 - 2 mm, ovate, acute, appressed stellate-hairy outside, long ciliate along margins, glabrous inside except towards apex with some long simple ,and stellate hairs. Corolla yellow; petals ca 5 x 2 mm, glabrous. Staminal column ca 1.5 mm long, stellate-hairy. Ovary ca 1 mm high, ovoid, glabrous. Schizocarps ca 5 mm across; mericarps 5, ca 3 mm, prominently reticulate, shortly beaked with beak bent inwards, sparsely pubescent with appressed stellate hairs, dehiscing along inner edge. Seeds ca 1.5 mm across, glabrous, brownish.

Fl. & Fr. Nov. - March.

Distrib. India: Deccan plateau in dry places up to 300 m. Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.



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