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Wissadula contracta (Link) R.E. Fries, K. Svensk. Vent. Ak. Hansl. n.s. 43, 4: 60. 1908. Sida contracta Link, Enum. Hort. Berol. 2: 204. 1822. S. leschenaultiana DC., Prodr. 1: 468. 1824. Wissadula leschenaultiana (DC.) Masters in Fl. Brit. India 1: 325. 1874.

Erect undershrubs. Leaves orbicular to broadly ovate or oblong, cordate at base, abruptly acuminate at apex, entire, white stellate-hairy with ferruginous ones on nerves beneath; petioles ca 10 mm long; stipules ca 10 mm long, linear to lanceolate. Flowers in terminal 20 - 30 cm long panciles; pedicels jointed near apex, accrescent. Calyx campanulate, 5-lobed, lobes triangular, acute, stellate-tomentose outside, glabrous inside. Corolla white ca 10 mm across; petals obovate, emarginate, ciliate at bale. Staminal column short sparsely hairy. Schizocarps ca 10 mm across, globular; mericarps ovoid, acuminate at apex with sharp awns, dorsally minute hairy. Seeds globular to reniform, warty, stellate-hairy.

Cultivated in gardens of India.

Native of tropical America; introduced elsewhere.

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