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Abelmoschus manihot

Authority(L.) Medic.
SynonymsHibiscus manihot L. (1753), Abelmoschus manihot ssp. manihot [(L)]; Medikus
Common namesneka (Simbo), bele (Fiji), pele (Tonga, Tuvalu), aibika, island cabbage, baera, bush spinach, peli, slippery cabbage (Solomon Is.), bush cabbage, slipery kabis
Ecocrop code290

BRIEF DESCRIPTION A shallow rooted shrub reaching 1-7.5 m in height, with and erect, woody, branching stem, simple leaves and large, pale yellow flowers, 7-15 cm in diameter. USES Young leaves and stem tips are used as cooked green vegetables. It has medicinal properties and plants are also grown as ornamentals. GROWING PERIOD Perennial. Harvest starts about 80-90 days after planting and the bush remains productive for at least a year. Shoots approximately 15 cm in length and with several leaves attached are harvested when the lower leaves have fully developed. COMMON NAMES Sunset hibiscus, Aibika, Gedi, Degi, Lagikuway, Barakue, Glikway, Po-fai. FURTHER INF Scientific synonym: Hibiscus manihot. Sunset hibiscus is native of continental South-West Asia. It is best grown at elevations below 500 m, between 500-1200 m yields may be reduced and the plant may develop an annual habit. It require relative high air humidity and irrigation is necessary during dry periods. Yields of leaves may vary from 10-60 t/ha or 1-6 kg/m˝.
SOURCES (A. manihot (L.) Medikus)
Tindall H 1983 pp 328-332 [FER, TEMP, LIG, RAIN, PHO]
Rice R 1990 pp 232-234 [FER, TEMP, RAIN, LIG]
Siemonsma J 1993 pp 60-62 [USE, DEP, RAIN, DRA, TEXT, PH, PHO]