Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Prickly Fanpetals - Sida spinosa   L.
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DistributionThroughout the state; no doubt in other counties not shown on the map below.

Native of the Neotropics and Paleotropics; in N.A. MA to Ont. and NE, south to FL and TX; also AZ.
AbundanceFrequent to common throughout, except uncommon in the Mountains and rare on the Outer Banks.
HabitatRoadsides, fields, lawn weed, river shores, creek margins, disturbed ground, pastures, barnyards.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting June-November.
IdentificationPrickly Fanpetals is much like Arrowleaf Sida (S. rhombifolia), but the leaves are not rhombic but narrowly ovate or lance-shaped (widest towards the base). The pale to medium yellow flowers grow singly or 2-4 in leaf axils, the pedicels shorter than in Arrowleaf Sida and sometimes not obviously visible. Many plants have a short spine where the leafstalk meets the stem, but some plants lack them.
Taxonomic Comments
Other Common Name(s)Prickly Sida
State RankSE
Global RankG5?
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B.A. SorrieHighly disturbed roadside, Whispering Pines, November 2015. MoorePhoto_non_natural
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