Sida ovata

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Sida ovata Forssk.
  • Synonyms : Sida flexuosa Burtt Davy
  • Plant Family : Malvaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 15, 18, 25
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Ayurvedic Udyan, Aranya Van

About Sida ovata Plant :

  • Habit : An erect, small, annual, shrub or undershrub, densely hairy or stellately hairy all over.
  • Leaves : Oblong, ovate, obtuse, sometimes obovate, crenate, densely hairy on both sides, petiolate.
  • Inflorescence : Solitary or few together.
  • Flowers :
    • Pedicellate, pedicels 1-2 together, jointed near the calyx, hairy, calyx lobes very broad in fruit. Corolla white or very pale yellow.
    • Carpels 7-8, minutely mucronate or without mucro, brown, prominently veined, stellate-hairy. Seeds reniform, dark-brown, smooth or very minutely pitted.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : October - December
  • Significance : The seeds mixed with gur are used as a cure for lumbago.