|Abelmoschus esculentus leaves,
flower buds and young fruit
Abelmoschus is a genus of about fifteen species of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae, native to tropical Africa, Asia and northern Australia. It was formerly included within Hibiscus, but is now classified as a distinct genus.
The genus comprises annual and perennial herbaceous plants, growing to 2 m tall. The leaves are 10–40 cm long and broad, palmately lobed with 3-7 lobes, the lobes are very variable in depth, from barely lobed, to cut almost to the base of the leaf. The flowers are 4–8 cm diameter, with five white to yellow petals, often with a red or purple spot at the base of each petal. The fruit is a capsule, 5–20 cm long, containing numerous seeds.
- Selected Species
- Abelmoschus caillei - (syn. Hibsicus manihot var. caillei). West African okra
- Abelmoschus esculentus - (syn. Hibiscus esculentus). Okra
- Abelmoschus manihot - (syn. Hibiscus manihot). Aibika
- Abelmoschus moschatus - (syn. Hibiscus abelmoschus). Musk Mallow
- Abelmoschus ficulneus - (syn. Hibiscus ficulneus). White Wild Musk Mallow
Gallery of different species
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- Kundu BC, Biswas C. 1973. Anatomical characters for distinguishing the genera Abelmoschus and Hibiscus. Proc. Indian Sci. Congr. 60. (3): 295