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Ubiquitous, shapeshifting & all-purpose

Image of <i>Sida rhombifolia</i> L.

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If youre used to seeing these plants outside their native range and wonder at their variability, don't worry: I live within their native range and see the same thing. Sometimes theyre small, sometimes big and shrubby; their leaves may be more or less soft or rigid, frankly losange-shaped or not quite; and their flowers sometimes are smallish and other times they would easily fit in the ornamental category.Of course, the traditional uses of this plant are equally diverse, locally or in other parts of the world. How it got into the Ayurvedic pharmacopeia, however, is a mystery to me. Si ests habituado a ver estas plantas fuera de su rea de distribucin nativa y te intriga su variabilidad, no te preocupes: yo vivo en su rea nativa y veo lo mismo. A veces son bajitas, a veces grandes y arbustivas; pueden tener hojas ms o menos blandas o rgidas, con forma de rombo bien marcada o no; y sus flores a veces son tirando a chicas y otras veces entraran fcilmente en la categora de ornamental.Por supuesto, los usos tradicionales de la planta son igual de variados, localmente o en otras partes del mundo. Cmo lleg a entrar en la farmacopea ayurveda, sin embargo, es un misterio para m.Sida rhombifoliaEnglish: Arrowleaf Sida, Angled Sida, Paddys Lucerne, Broomjute Sida...Espaol (en Argentina): escoba dura, pichana, falso malvaviscoNative distribution range / rea de distribucin nativa: Southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, central and northern Argentina / Sur de Brasil, Paraguay, Uruguay, norte y centro de ArgentinaNaturalised elsewhere / Adventicia en otras partes del mundo

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