Common name: Lifesaver Burr, Milo Burr, Hemp Mallow
Sida platycalyx F.Muell. ex Benth. APNI*
Description: Prostrate or erect shrub.
Leaves ovate-cordate to circular, 1–4 cm long.
Flowers solitary, pedunculate. Calyx with c. 20 veins, depressed into junction with pedicel, enlarged, papery and enclosing the fruit, 8–10 mm long in flower. Corolla c. 5 mm long.
Fruit c. 20 mm diam.; mericarps ³ 20, stellate-pubescent, covered with spines.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on sand plains with sandy red earths, less commonly on hard red earths; usually associated with Mulga communities.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
Text by A. S. Mitchell & E. H. Norris
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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