Sida cordifolia

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Sida cordifolia L.
  • Common Name : Heart-Leaf Sida, MahaBala, Baladana, Kharenti
  • Plant Family : Malvaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 1, 2, 10, 17, 27-30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Sarita Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Aranya Van

About Sida cordifolia Plant :

  • Habit : An erect, small, annual, undershrub, hairy with soft and with stellate hairs all over.
  • Leaves : Ovate, rarely the lower ones cordate, crenate, obtuse or subacute, petiolate.
  • Inflorescence : Solitary or few together.
  • Flowers  :
    • Pedicellate, pedicels jointed below the calyx.
    • Corolla yellow, a little longer than calyx.
    • Carpels 10, strongly reticulated, ciliated at the upper margin, awned, awns 2, nearly as long as the carpels, scabrid hairy. Seeds black.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : October - December
  • Significance :
    • The root bark with sesamum oil and sugar is said to be effective in curing facial paralysis.
    • The juice of root is used for healing wounds.
    • Seeds are reckoned aphrodisiac tonic.