Dainty Sand Mallow
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Dainty Sand Mallow
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Dainty Sand Mallow
Botanical name: Sidastrum micranthum    Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Synonyms: Sida micrantha

Dainty Sand Mallow is a herb or shrub 1-3 m tall, densely yellowish velvety. Only very recently this plant has found first time in India. Leaves are ovate to broadly ovate, 5-15 cm long, becoming progressively smaller and narrower in the inflorescence, tip pointed, base shallowly heart-shaped, stalks shorter than blades. Flowers are borne in narrow panicles, racemes in leaf axils, or glomerules. Sepal tube is 1.8-2.5 mm long. Flowers are pale yellow to orange, flat, with petals 2-3 mm long. Stamen-column is about 3 mm long, anthers 6-12. Mericarps are 5, pale brown, 1.6-2 mm long, striate-reticulate laterally, without apical beaks. Seeds are reddish brown, about 1.3 mm long, hairless.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar
Photographed in Kolhapur.
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