name = "Abelmoschus"

image_caption = "Abelmoschus esculentus" leaves, flower buds and young fruit
regnum = Plantae
unranked_divisio = Angiosperms
unranked_classis = Eudicots
unranked_ordo = Rosids
ordo = Malvales
familia = Malvaceae
genus = "Abelmoschus"
genus_authority = Medik.
subdivision_ranks = Species
subdivision = See text.|

"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 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.

"Abelmoschus" species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including "Chionodes hibiscella" which has been recorded on "A. moschatus".

;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


Several 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 causes photoallergy).


*Kundu BC, Biswas C. 1973. Anatomical characters for distinguishing the genera "Abelmoschus" and "Hibiscus". "Proc. Indian Sci. Congr." 60. (3): 295

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