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Sida ovata Forssk.

Sida ovata


Family: Malvaceae
Full name: Sida ovata Forssk.
Location: Farm Urikos (2416AC)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Mapungubwe-taaiman
English common name(s): Mapungubwe sida
Synonym(s): Sida abyssinica Hochst. ex D.Dietr.
Sida aurescens Ulbr.
Sida chionantha Ulbr.
Sida dinteriana Hochr.
Sida flexuosa Burtt Davy
Sida grewioides Guill. & Perr.
Sida hoepfneri Gürke accepted by FTA
Sida subrotunda Hochst.
Status: Native
Description: Suberect suffrutex up to c. 50 cm tall, densely grey- or grey-green-tomentose; branches sometimes decumbent; stems terete or somewhat angular when young, wiry, at length glabrescent and somewhat woody. Leaf-lamina 10-35 x 6-25 mm, elliptic, ovate, oblong or somewhat obovate to suborbicular, apex obtuse to rounded, margin rather coarsely serrate-crenate, base usually cuneate to rounded, both surfaces densely grey-green-tomentose, the lower surface slightly paler and usually with longer hairs; petiole 2-10 mm long, tomentose; stipules filiform, often somewhat patent, tomentose. Flowers yellow, axillary, solitary or occasionally 2-3-fasciculate, subsessile or pedicellate; pedicels up to 5 (9) mm long. Calyx c. 6 mm long, subglobose-campanulate, 10-ribbed, tomentose, lobed to about the middle; lobes broad, subacute to shortly apiculate. Petals not much exceeding the calyx. Mericarps 7-8, c. 4 mm long, birostrate, separating at dehiscence, dorsally rugulose and very faintly cross-veined, laterally reticulate-striate; awns 2, c. 1 mm long, often connivent, setaceous, pungent. Seeds c. 2 x 1.5 mm, rather tumid, nearly smooth, glabrous. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Zambesiaca)

Confusion of this species with short-pedicelled forms of S.hoepfneri is possible. If there are no ripe mericarps distinction is difficult, but the awned mericarps of S. ovata and the muticous or minutely apiculate mericarps of S. hoepfneri always provide a clear-cut distinguishing character. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Zambesiaca)

Erect to decumbent perennial herb or shrublet, up to 75 cm tall; stems densely pubescent to tomentose, sometimes also with scattered long simple hairs. Leaves with 2–12 mm long petiole; blade 1–5.5(–7.5) x 0.6–3.7(–5) cm, cuneate to rounded or truncate at the base, subacute to retuse at the apex, with serrate-crenate margins, pubescent to tomentose, more densely so beneath. Flowers axillary, solitary or paired; pedicels 2–30 mm long, articulated above middle. Calyx 5–9 mm long, 10-ribbed at the base, tomentose outside, puberulous inside on lobes only, enclosing the ripe fruit. Petals (5–)8–11 mm long, yellow to orange or sometimes white, erect when open. Mericarps 7–9, 3–3.5 mm long, with a pair of up to 1 mm long puberulous beaks, rugose to reticulate on the back, reticulate-striate on the sides. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Somalia)

Suberect suffrutex up to c. 50 cm tall, densely grey-green hairy. Stems wiry, terete to somewhat angled when young, becoming woody and hairless when older. Leaves elliptic, oblong, ovate to somwhat obovate, 10-35 mm long; apex obtuse to rounded; base cuneate to rounded, grey-green hairy on both surfaces; margin coarsely serrate-crenate; petiole 2-10 mm, hairy. Flowers axillary, solitary or occasionally 2-3 together. Calyx c. 6 mm long, 10 ribbed, hairy, lobed to the middle; petals only slightly longer than calyx, yellow to orange-yellow. Mericarps 7-8, c. 4 mm long, birostrate. (from Flora of Zimbabwe website)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 01 Jul 2011
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-FZ45
Lens aperture: f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/60 s
ISO speed: 125
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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