Abelmoschus ficulneus Okra Hibiscus species Abelmoschus ficulneus esculentus caillei Hibsicus okra manihot Aibika moschatus abelmoschus ficulneus Musk Mallow okra esculentus

Abelmoschus ficulneus.

Abelmoschus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family consisting off about fifteen species and native to tropical Africa, Asia and northern Australia. It was formerly included within Hibiscus, but is now classified as a distinct genus.

Abelmoschus genus comprises annual and perennial herbaceous plants, growing to 2 m tall. The leaves are up to 40 cm long, broad, palmately lobed with 3-7 lobes. The lobes of Abelmoschus are vary in depth, from barely lobed, to cut nearly to the base of the leaf. The flowers are up to 8 cm diameter with five white to yellow petals. The Abelmoschus flowers often occur with a red or purple spot at the base of each petal. The Abelmoschus fruit is a capsule up to 20 cm long, containing numerous seeds.

Abelmoschus species are predated by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Chionodes hibiscella which has been recorded on A. moschatus.

Specie List
Abelmoschus esculentus . Okra - (syn. Hibiscus esculentus)
Abelmoschus manihot - (syn. Hibiscus manihot). Aibika
Abelmoschus caillei. West African okra - (syn. Hibsicus manihot var. caillei).
Abelmoschus moschatus - (syn. Hibiscus abelmoschus). Musk Mallow

Several Abelmoschus species are edible, with both the young seed pods and the young leaves being eaten as a vegetable. The most important commercially-grown species is Okra.

Abelmoschus manihot (aibika) furnishes cordage like jute, and Abelmoschus moschatus (musk mallow) is grown for musk seeds (musk ambrette, which can cause a photoallergic reaction).


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