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Abelmoschus moschatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Abelmoschus
Species: A. moschatus
Binomial name
Abelmoschus moschatus
Medik

Abelmoschus moschatus (Abelmosk, Ambrette seeds, Annual hibiscus, Bamia Moschata, Galu Gasturi, Muskdana, Musk mallow, Musk okra, Musk seeds, Ornamental okra, Rose mallow seeds, Tropical jewel hibiscus, Yorka okra; syn. Hibiscus abelmoschus L.) is an aromatic and medicinal plant in the Malvaceae family, which is native to India.

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Characteristics

The seeds have a sweet, flowery, heavy fragrance similar to that of musk. Despite its tropical origin the plant is frost hardy.

Uses of the plant

Musk mallow oil was once used as a substitute for animal musk; however this use is now mostly discontinued as it can cause photosensitivity.

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Culinary uses

It has many culinary uses. The seeds are added to coffee; unripe pods ("musk okra"), leaves and new shoots are eaten as vegetables. It is also found in a number of traditional herbal liqueurs, such as Bénédictine.

Medicinal uses

Different parts of the plant have uses in traditional and complementary medicine, not all of which have been scientifically proven. It is used externally to relieve spasms of the digestive tract, cramp, poor circulation and aching joints. It is also considered an insecticide and an aphrodisiac.

Other uses

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

External links

Deni Bown: The Royal Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Herbs (1995) ISBN


Wikispecies

Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From Wikispecies

Abelmoschus moschatus

Taxonavigation

Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Malvales
Familia: Malvaceae
Subfamilia: Malvoideae
Genus: Abelmoschus
Species: Abelmoschus moschatus

Name

Abelmoschus moschatus Medik.

References

  • Ueber Einige Künstliche Geschlecter aus der Malven-Familie...Mannheim 46. 1787
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Data from 07-Oct-06]. [1]

Vernacular names

English: Musk Mallow
Wikimedia Commons For more multimedia, look at Abelmoschus moschatus on Wikimedia Commons.

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