Limestone Sida
In bud
Ellura
Limestone Sida
Flower, above
 
                      
Limestone Sida (Sida spodochroma)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Other Small Plants
Order: Mallows (Malvales)
Family: Mallow (Malvaceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Limestone Sida (Sida spodochroma)
This Photo:     Flower Bud

Thank you Tony and Jenny Dominelli for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
A very small pale / grey green plant; almost white in bright sunlight.
It gets eaten, by summer, and then re-sprouts in winter.
To see our first flower we had to protect one of the larger plants from grazing by kangaroos; we placed a dead bush over it.
See our notes above under Corrugated Sida (Sida corrugata var corrugata) to see how we differentiate our local plants.
Asimakis Patitsas told us ‘spodo chroma’ meaning ‘ash coloured’ in Greek.

Similar Species: Corrugated Sida (Sida corrugata)

Copyright © 2014-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 12-Mar-2014
This species is classed as VU (Vulnerable) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)