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Sida brachypoda (ex A.E.Holland & S.T.Reynolds) F.Muell.
Family Malvaceae
Sida brachypoda (ex A.E.Holland & S.T.Reynolds) F.Muell. APNI*

Description: Herb or subshrub with several spreading decumbent stems to 75 cm. Sparsely or densely stellate hairy.

Leaves ovate to oblong ovate, 10–40 mm long, 5–25 mm wide, apex obtuse or truncate, base cordate or subcordate, margins including apex serrulate-crenulate, surfaces stellate-hairy, denser below, yellowish green, paler below; petioles 2–20 mm long; stipules to 4.5 mm long.

Flowers solitary, pedicels 2–6 mm long, rarely to 13 mm, articulate above the middle. Calyx cup-shaped, fused for half or more of their length, lobes 1.5–2 mm long, ovate, acute, stellate-pubescent outside. Corolla 3–4 mm long, larger than calyx, lobes obovate, emarginate, 3 mm long.

Fruit depressed globose, 4–7 mm diam., densely hairy; calyx persistent to mature fruit; mericarps 9–13, dorsally deeply reticulate, reticulation obscured by hairs, alveolate on sides. Seeds dark reddish brown.

Distribution and occurrence: Usually on red sandy loam in open Eucalyptus and Acacia aneura forests.
NSW subdivisions: NWP

AVH map***

Sida brachypoda is related to S. corrugata, the former has densely hairy fruits, serrulate ovate leaves, and shorter pedicels and petioles.

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.

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