Abelmoschus moschatus

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Abelmoschus moschatus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Abelmoschus
A. moschatus
Binomial name
Abelmoschus moschatus

Abelmoschus moschatus (Abelmosk, ambrette, annual hibiscus, Bamia Moschata, Galu Gasturi, muskdana, musk mallow,[2] musk okra,[2] ornamental okra, rose mallow, tropical jewel hibiscus,[2] Yorka okra) is an aromatic and medicinal plant in the family Malvaceae native to Asia and Australia.[2]


The seeds have a sweet, flowery, heavy fragrance similar to that of musk (hence its specific epithet moschātus, scientific Latin for ‘musk’).

Despite its tropical origin, the plant is frost-hardy.

Uses of the plant[edit]


Musk mallow seed oil was once frequently used as a substitute in perfumes for animal musk; however this use is now mostly replaced by various synthetic musks due to its high cost.

Culinary uses[edit]

It has many culinary uses. The seeds are added to coffee; unripe pods ("musk okra"), leaves and new shoots are eaten as vegetables.

Medicinal uses[edit]

Different parts of the plant have uses in Ayurveda herbal medicine, including as an antispasmodic and to treat gonorrhea.[3] However, use may result in phytophotodermatitis[citation needed] and it has not been proven safe for use during pregnancy and lactation.[4]

Other uses[edit]

In industry the root mucilage provides sizing for paper; tobacco is sometimes flavoured with the flowers.


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "Abelmoschus moschatus". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  3. ^ L. D. Kapoor (2000). Handbook of Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants: Herbal Reference Library. Taylor & Francis.
  4. ^ "Wellness Library:Ambrette (Abelmoschus moschatus)".

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