Sida rhombifolia

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Sida rhombifolia L.
  • Common Name : Atibala, Cuban Jute, Jelly Leaf, Queensland Hemp, Sahdev
  • Plant Family : Malvaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 15, 17, 22, 27, 29, 30
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Gujarat Forestry Research Foundation, Indroda Park, Ayurvedic Udyan, Punit Van, Sarita Udyan, Van Chetana Kendra, Aranya Van

About Sida rhombifolia Plant :

  • Habit : An erect, small, annual,hairy herb.
  • Leaves : On the middle of the stem, obovate or  truncate, narrow at base, toothed at the top, about 1 inch long, glabrous above but hairy below, petiolate, petioles very short.
  • Inflorescence : Axillary
  • Flowers :
    • Yellow, crowded at the ends of branches.
    • Calyx angular.
    • Corolla double the size of calyx. Stamens monadelphous.
    • Carpels 6-10, awns 2, short.
    • Seeds smooth, black.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : October - December
  • Significance :
    • Found as a common weed.
    • The root and leaves are aphrodisiac, tonic and good in urinary complaints.