Sida Rhombifolia

Family: Malvaceae

Common Names: Arrowleaf Sida, other common names include Paddy’s lucerne, jelly leaf, and also somewhat confusingly as Cuban jute, Queensland hemp, and Indian hemp though it is not related to jute or hemp

Origin: native to New World, tropics, and subtropics

Reference:PhytoImages, Wikipedia, and Botany in a Day by Thomas J Elpel

  • it has succulent leaves
  • the botanical term is mucilaginous
  • other common members of the Malvaceae or mallow family are hibiscus, okra, and cotton
  • Mallows have distinct, funnel-shaped flowers
Sida rhombifolia
note the dried seed pod

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