Seeds of South Australia
Sida sp. M (J.Z.Weber 831) (Malvaceae)
List of species for Sida
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Herbarium regions:
North Western, Flinders Ranges
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, South Australian Arid Lands
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Sida]
Name derivation:
Sida a Greek name used by Theophrastus for a water-lily, probably in reference to Nymphaea alba or for a pomegranate tree. Linnaeus  transferred the name to Malvaceae changing its primary, pre-Linnaean application. The species is un-named, M is the phrase name.
Distribution:
Found in the north-western part of South Australia, growing on sandy soils.
Status:
Native.
Plant description:
Prostrate shrub with hairy wiry stems. Leaves oblong to ovoid, green above, pale green below, margin toothed. Inflorescence solitary in leaf axils with small yellow flowers on a long slender stalk.
Embryo type:
Folded.
Seed collecting:
Collect mature fruits, those that are turning pale straw colour and contain dark hard seeds.
Seed cleaning:
Place the capsules in a tray and leave to dry for two weeks. Then rub the capsules gently with a rubber bung or by hand to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.
Seed germination:
This species has physical dormancy that needs to be overcome for the seed to germinate (e.g. nicking or softening the seed coat).