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beak sida, buff petal

Habit Plants with large taproot.

with hairs scattered.


stipules 3–4 mm;

petiole 1/2–3/4 as long as blade;

blade 2–5 cm, apex obtuse to acute, surfaces coarsely hairy, hairs stellate abaxially, simple adaxially.


slender, 1–2 cm.


calyx green-membranous, lobes apiculate;

petals yellow [red basally], 5–8 mm, subequal to calyx;

staminal column 3–4 mm, glabrous.


2 mm.


8–9 mm diam.;

mericarp blackish.


= 16.

Rhynchosida physocalyx

Phenology Flowering spring–late fall.
Habitat Deciduous forests, shrublands, roadsides, fencerows, disturbed habitats, sometimes in pastures and lawns
Elevation 0–1500 m (0–4900 ft)
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AZ; NM; OK; TX; Mexico; South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Uruguay)
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While this distinctive species, with its Physalis-like inflated fruits, is thought to be native over a wide area and disjunct between southern South America and Mexico and the United States, it is most commonly found in disturbed habitats as are so many other herbaceous mallows.

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Source FNA vol. 6, p. 310.
Parent taxa Malvaceae > subfam. Malvoideae > Rhynchosida
Synonyms Sida physocalyx
Name authority (A. Gray) Fryxell: Brittonia 30: 458. (1978)
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