Sida rhombifolia L.

Sida rhombifolia plant

Family - Malvaceae

Stems:

Sida rhombifolia stem

Leaves:

Sida rhombifolia leaf

Inflorescence:

N/A

Flowers:

Sida rhombifolia flower

Sida rhombifolia calyx

Sida rhombifolia fruitOld fruit.

Flowering - April - October.

Habitat - Waste ground, disturbed sites, lawns, fields, pastures, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This species can be found throughout much of Alabama. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its distinctive yellowish flowers and rhombic leaves.
The genus name Sida is an old Greek name of obscure meaning. "sid(a)" in Greek means "a pomegranate tree" or "a kind of water plant". It is unknown how this name got attached to the plant above.
The species epithet rhombifolia derives from the Greek "rhomb(us)" meaning "a parallelogram with equal sides" and the Latin "foli" meaning "leaf", referring to the rhombus-shaped leaves.

Alabama Distribution:

Sida rhombifolia map

Photographs taken off Moores Mill Rd, Auburn, AL., 8-24-04.


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