Sida spinosa

Sida spinosa

(Spiny Sida, Paddy’s Lucerne)

FAMILY

Malvaceae

Species

Sida spinosa

Common name(s)

Spiny Sida, Paddy’s Lucerne

Flower colour; life form

Flowers yellow. Erect ‘woody’ herb to 1 m tall.

Distinguishing features

Plant densely covered with stellate hairs. Leaves narrowly ovate to oblong to 6.5 cm long, usually about 2 cm. Flowers yellow, 1-5 per axil, calyx with 10 ribs, densely stellate hairs. Mericarps 5 with 2 conspicuously erect awns.

Scan of Sida spinosa