Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER)

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Sida linifolia
Cav., Malvaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  yes

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Common name(s): [more details]

English: balai grand, flaxleaf fanpetals

French: balai guad

Spanish: hoja de lanceta, lengua de pajaro, trebol sabanero

Habit:  herb

Description:  "Erect, sparsely branched herbs or subshrubs up to 1 m tall; branches sparsely hispidulous with simple and few-branched hairs. Leaf blades linear to narrowly oblong-lanceolate, 4-10 cm long, margins entire, petioles much shorter than blades, stipules filiform, 4-8 mm long. Flowers borne in leafless terminal racemes or corymbs; calyx campanulate, 4-6 mm long; petals white to pale yellow, magenta at base, 7-10 mm long; staminal column included. Mericarps 7, blackish, 2.7-3 mm long, apiculate but without beaks, smooth except for low ridges at the dorso-lateral edge, glabrous. Seeds ca. 2 mm long, glabrous" (Wagner et al., 1999; p. 898).

Habitat/ecology:  In New Caledonia, "très commun dans un secteur limité du Nord de la Grande-Terre" (MacKee, 1994; p. 98).

Propagation:  Seed

Native range:  Neotropics

Presence:

Pacific
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
State of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands
Moloka‘i Island introduced
invasive
Wagner, Warren L./Herbst, Derral R./Sohmer, S. H. (1999) (p. 898)
Not common. Voucher cited: Hobdy 1836
New Caledonia
New Caledonia Archipelago
Île Grande Terre introduced
invasive
Tassin, Jacques (2005)
New Caledonia
New Caledonia Archipelago
Île Grande Terre introduced
invasive
MacKee, H. S. (1994) (p. 98)
Vouchers cited: Däniker 1697 (Z), Virot 760, Hürlimann 1761, MacKee 4737, MacKee 11863, MacKee 15221, MacKee 16590, Nothis 437 (NOU), Toutain 3325 (NOU)
Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Costa Rica (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
El Salvador
El Salvador
El Salvador (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Guatemala
Guatemala
Guatemala (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Mexico
Mexico
Mexico (United Mexican States) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
Nicaragua (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Panama
Panama
Panama (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)
Perú
Perú
Perú (Republic of) native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)


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This page was created on 1 JAN 1999 and was last updated on 25 OCT 2006.