SEE-duh — in Greek, a type of water lily; although now a name for a type of mallow 
rom-bif-OH-lee-uh — leaves in a diamond shape

[image: Sida rhombifolia]<…>
Sep 12, 2007 at Vaghbil, Thane

*commonly known as*: arrow-leaf sida, broom jute sida, country mallow, Cuban jute, paddy’s lucerne, Queensland hemp, teaweed • *Assamese*: boriala • * Bengali*: svetbarela • *Gujarati*: baladana • *Hindi*: बरयारा baryara, kharenti, सहदेव sahadeva, swet-barela • *Kannada*: bolamgadale, kallangadale • *Malayalam*: vankuruntotti, valankuruntotti, velluram • *Manipuri*: uhan • *Marathi*: baler, sadeda, सहदेवी sahadevi • *Oriya*: bajromuli • *Sanskrit*: अतिबला atibala, बला bala, महाबल mahabala • *Tamil*: வேளைப்பாசை velaippacai • *Telugu*: గూబతడ guba tada, మహాబల mahabala • *Urdu*: بلا bala, بريارا baryara

Native to: India, Sri Lanka

   – [image: Velaippacai (Tamil:
Sep 21, 2008 at Vaghbil, Thane
   – [image: Sahadevi (Marathi:
Sep 12, 2009 at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
   – … more views:

i think you have mixed two plant photo here… 

… the leaves near apex look different from those at bottom … the basal leaves are as seen in Sep 21, 2008 at Vaghbil, Thane. 

… ok .. … will try to photo an entire plant (may go wrong, not as much confident to maintain the stress).
It will be good to know what would the plant in the top photo be … *Sida acuta* amidst colony of *Sida rhombifolia* ?

Agree with.. This is Sida retusa. Please check this link for my comparison of the two :…   
 Please also check the archives of this group for our previous discussion on this. 

  Sending a recent photograph of the flower of Sida rhombifolia for comparison. It was taken at my farm in September last year.  

… need validation that none of the photos belong to Sida rhombifolia … will then be safe to revise my visualization of S. rhombifolia.
Other friends familiar with S. rhombifolia may please comment. Sorry to confuse those whom Sida species are new.

Many thanks … for showing Sida rhombifolia … am aware that there at least couple of varieties of this species, making it much more complex for me understand / know them. Will look out for others’ posts of this species.

Perhaps this is one complex group which needs to be critically examined to place our photographs. Any how specimens often referred to S. rhombifolia or rhomboidea may be placed under at least three species.

Flowers in clusters on short axillary shoots…S. yunnanensis (Sida obovata Wall. Sida rhombifolia var.  obovata Wall. ex Mast according to eFlora of Pakistan)
Flowers Solitary axillary or subterminal,
   Calyx stellate pubescent, staminal tube glabrous, mericarps 7-9…S. rhombifolia (Sida rhoimboidea Roxb.)           
   Calyx stellate tomentose; staminal tube pubescent, mericarps 6-8………….S. alnifolia
            Leaf blade 2-5 cm; mericarps vetutinous………………………………….S. alnifolia var. alnifolia (S. retusa L.)
            Leaf blade less than 2 cm; mericarps villous at apex; …………………S. alnifolia var. obovata (S. rhombifolia var. obovata according to eFlora of China; eFlora of Palkistan considers S. alnifolia var obovata to be this as S. alba)

Flora-Australia-25:   Sida from bush land
Colour variation was seen in the third picture.

Yellow flowering herb & Blister Beetle from Mukkali – 14Jul11AR01: Date/Time-08 Nov 2008
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Mukkali, Silent Valley, Kerala
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-, empty fields, Wild
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb-Herb
Height/Length-approx – 1 feet approx, 
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- Shape –Alternate, Toothed Margin, 3cms approx.
Inflorescence Type/ Size-
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-4cms approx, hairy bud and stem

The plant looks like Sida cordifolia.

In light of a recent upload by … (…) (ref:…),
that the plant has identified as S. cordifolia, the plant in this upload has to be revised.
I think a picture of mature leaves and habit of the plant would help in confirming the id of the plant in this upload by ….

Id-01042012-PR-2: plants from north gujarat
habitat wild
habit u.shrub
family malvaceae

The picture is too small and not clear for identification as pointed out by … Please send bigger pictures than the one posted. If possible closeups of flowers, foliage as well as habit . However, the picture looks like photograph of one of Sida species.

SYMBIOSIS 72: Here is the 72nd member of the series. Common Emigrant butterfly is on flower of Sida sp.

Malvaceae Week: ID of 11092011GS1 Sida species: This Sida species growing along the borders of Tikkar Tal Lake in Morni on rocky ground in April, 2010 I had initially identified a Sida veronicifolia, now correctly known as S. codata. This identification was based on cordate leaves and single axillary flowers. On critical examination it does not appear the same as the plant seems to be more robust, not trailing, and more importantly the venation seems to be penninerved and not palminerved.

Any clue on correct ID

SYMBIOSIS : 235: Attaching an image of a Common Tiger butterfly on the flowers of Alstonia scholaris.

Nice photograph Colonel, but you seemed to have sent the wrong photograph. This is a Striped Tiger on a species of Sida possibly Sida acuta.

Thank you for correcting me.The plant is definitely Sida ( That is what is written on the image ), somehow I wrote Alstonis scolaris by mistake. The error is regretted.

PLANT FOR ID: This plant is growing near road side in village Tal Distt Umaria M.P. i think it’s Sida Ovata, Please validate the ID otherwise pl correct.

Any Sida sp.?

KAS week :: (Sida mysorensis ?? 03/10/2012 – NJ): Sida mysorensis ?? Pl. confirm.

I think Not.

… perhaps, one among Sida cordata OR cordifolia … am not clear of the differences among two.
For pictures of Sida mysorensis … refer Vijayasankar ji’s post at


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