Mahabala

Botanical Name : Sida rhombifolia L.

Family : Malvaceae

Introduction :

Its properties and usage similar to Sida cordifolia Linn.

Industry in Kerala used this plant as ‘bala’ very much.

Names in Different Indian Languages :

Hindi : Jangali Methi

Malayalam : kuruthotti

Sanskrit : Balla (variety )

Tamil : kuruthotti

Varieties & adulterants – (CV – controversy, AD – adulterants) :

Bala – CV

Morphology :

It is a  hairy herb, frequently procumbent and sometimes rooting at nodes.

Leaves- simple, alternate, cordate-ovate, sparingly hispid.

Flowers- axillary, solitary, or borne in pairs or in small cymes, yellow.

Seeds- brown. (Flowers and fruits throughout the year)

Distribution & Habitat :

All over India

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