Common name: Paddy's Lucerne
Sida rhombifolia L. APNI*
Description: Erect subshrub to c. 1 m high, stems finely stellate-pubescent, mostly becoming ± glabrous.
Leaves lanceolate to linear-oblong, sometimes ± rhombic, 1.5–8 cm long, ± entire towards base, crenate-toothed towards apex, upper surface finely stellate-pubescent, lower surface usually densely so.
Flowers solitary on slender peduncles 10–30 mm long, sometimes 3 or 4 at the ends of the branches. Calyx basally 10-ribbed, lobes acuminate. Corolla 7–8 mm long, yellow to pale orange.
Fruit 5–6 mm diam.; mericarps 9–12, glabrous, transversely wrinkled and 2-ribbed on the back, 2-awned. Weed in gardens, roadsides and waste places. Native of trop. regions.
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, ?CT, *NWS, *CWS, *NWP, *SWP, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *N.T.
Text by A. S. Mitchell & E. H. Norris
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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