Herissantia crispa (L.) Brizicky, J. Arnold Arbor. 49: 279 1968. (Syn: Abutilon cistiflorum (Blume) G.Don; Abutilon crispum (L.) Medik.; Abutilon crispum (L.) G. Don; Abutilon crispum (L.) Sweet; Abutilon crispum var. imberbe (DC.) Griseb.; Abutilon crispum var. svensonii J.F.Macbr.; Abutilon imberbe (DC.) G.Don; Abutilon neurocarpum Miq.; Abutilon sessilifolium C.Presl; Bastardia crispa (L.) A.St.-Hil.; Beloere crispa (L.) Shuttlew. ex A.Gray; Bogenhardia crispa (L.) Kearney; Gayoides crispum (L.) Small; Gayoides imberbe (DC.) Small; Napaea crispa (L.) Moench; Pseudobastardia crispa (L.) Hassl.; Sida amplexicaulis Lam.; Sida crispa L.; Sida hulseana Torr. & A. Gray; Sida imberbis DC.; Sida lasiostega Link (Unresolved); Sida nemoralis G.Don (Unresolved); Sida retrofracta DC.; Sida sessiliflora (C. Presl) D. Dietr.; Sida sessilifolium (C. Presl) D. Dietr. (Unresolved); Sida sessilis Vell.; Sida trichoda D.Dietr. (Unresolved));   
India: Western Ghats and Deccan plateau in dry deciduous forests up to 800 m; Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala; Native of America, now a pantropical weed as per BSI Flora of India;



efloraindia: 021211 BRS 232:

Pl. find the attached file contain photos for id. request,
Location: NBNP, Anaikatti, COimbatore
Date: 01.12.2011
Habitat: Wild
Habit: Herb

Yes I was also thinking of A crispum

carpels around 12, bent downwards when ripe.
Held back because fruits appear hairy/

Yes …, FoC describes “…mericarps pubescent or hispid..”
The accepted name for Abutilon crispum is Herissantia crispa.

Sharing the images of Abutilon crispum from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

Nice new upload for me.


Pl. find the attached file contain photos for id. request.
Location: NBNP, Anaikatti, Coimbatore
Date: 01.12.2011
Habitat: wild
Habit: Herb.

Abutilon crispum, again.





Malvaceae week: Sida cordata (Burm. f.) Borssum:  Attachments (6 + 10). 16 posts by 6 authors.

Name: Sida cordata (Burm. f.) Borssum

Family: Malvaceae
Tamil name: Pazhampaasi
Date: 25 Nov 2010
Location: a village closer to Sathyamangalam RF; on the fences of agricultural field
Altitude: c. 300 metres
Is my id right? Is there any varieties in this?

A new Sida to me. Certainly the leaf characters are different. Can’t comment much though.

A common prostrate plant, earlier known under the name Sida veronicifolia

… if Muthu ji’s posted plant is Sida cordata … mine at efi thread needs to be scanned.

Yes … Strangely the leaves look similar (cordate, palminerved and long petioled) but … s plant has epicalyx and a bladdery calyx. Let us look for something else for this plant. Thanks for pointing out, …

… oh … the balloon-like structure – is it fruit ? … resembles the fruits of Physalis plants.

Are you sure all photographs belong to same plant? Photographs 1 (Sida), 5(sida 4) and 6 (Sida 5) look different. Without these with 2 (Sida 1), 3(Sida 2) and 4(Sida 3) the plant would look S. cordata without any doubt.

Physalis won’t hjave epicalyx. It looks much similar to Hibiscus trionum uploaded by me in this week, but with fewer epicalyx.

No … not saying it to be Physalis … only connected the similarity of fruits (if they are).

Yes sir, all photographs belong to same plant; the plant was not so erect but similar to a trailer. I think the young leaves are more haired in the first picture. And no doubt that the physalis-like fruit belongs to the same plant. Any varieties reported in S. cordata?

Many thanks … for pointing out a lead.

In that case it won’t be Sida. Let us find more.

I will do a clear photography within this week of this plant in that particular location and upload with more minute details.

Then please keep tag of number of carpels, number of stigmas, epicalyx their number and fusion, flowering and fruiting calyx size, and fruit a capsule or schizocarpic.



Posting more pictures of the same plant. It is quite common in Erode and Coimbatore districts of TN. Please validate the species.

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Herissantia crispa (= Abutilon crispum) of Malvaceae




Herissantia crispa (L.) Brizicky SN Nov2 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Herissantia crispa (L.) Brizicky (= Abutilon crispum (L.) Medik.),

Malvaceae herb frequently available in the foot hill area during rainy months.