Sida ammophila F.Muell. ex J.H.Willis

Sand Sida

Muelleria 1: 131 (1967) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Upright or spreading, rarely prostrate, perennial herb or subshrub, 20–80 cm high; branches stellate-hairy. Leaves narrowly oblong or narrowly ovate, 5–55 mm long, 2–8 mm wide, rounded or cordate at base; margins serrate; surfaces stellate-hairy, grey, grey-green or blue-green above, paler and less hairy below; stipules 1.5–3 mm long. Flowers solitary (rarely paired); pedicel not exceeding leaves, 1.5–25 mm long, with hairs denser above articulation; calyx not ribbed, divided to c. midway; lobes 2.2–2.6 mm long; petals 3–3.5 mm long, emarginate; styles 5. Fruit pyriform, 3.5–5 mm diam., smooth above, wrinkled below, glabrous except for sparse hairs about apical grooves; mericarps c. 3.4 mm high, smooth apically on lateral wall, reticulate below, splitting widely in 2 at apex, unawned. Flowers Nov.–Jun.

LoM, MuM, MSB, RobP. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Occurs on red sand and loam soils in the Hattah-Mildura area, mostly in non-eucalypt open shrublands, on dunes and roadsides, depleted by grazing and clearing.

Distinctive in having dark brown conical fruits with 5 glabrous mericarps, each with a deep groove at the apex. Shrubs often have a silvery-grey appearance.

Source: Barker, R.M. (1996). Sida. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-06-06
Hero image
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
family Malvaceae
genus Sida
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sida ammophila in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sida ammophila in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales