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Annual or perennial herbs or suffrutices. Leaves (in ours), serrate, crenate-serrate or lobed. Flowers orange, yellow or cream. Epicalyx 0. Fruit of 5 to 12 mericarps, dehiscent at the apex, base or indehiscent, usually acute, beaked or awned, each containing one seed.  Note that Malvastrum coromandelianum looks like a species of Sida and grows in similar habitats, but may be easily separated by its 3 linear epicalyx bracts. Similarly, Hibiscus sidiformis, as the name suggests, somewhat resembles a Sida and, indeed, lacks an epicalyx. However, it would be readily separated by the fruit.

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Source: Flora of Zimbabwe

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