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Abelmoschus moschatus

SynonymsHibiscus abelmoschus L. (1753).
Common namesabelmosk, musk mallow, mushkdan, muskdana, kasturi bhendi, gukhia korai, kasturi bhenda, kattukasturi, varttilai kasturi, lalkasturika, musk okra, ambrette, abelmosco, ambreta, rosa almiscarada, quiabo cheiroso, kasturi, gombo musqué, ketmie musquée, graine de musc, kamang, kaŒmang, karereon, karereon nikapwerik nik, kareron, likonokon, gongul, metei, mety, methey, hathongethong, kamwayang, nikapwerik, setmwechin, sotumo, wakiwaki, wakewake, wakeke, vakeke, aukiki, oŒeŒe, fou ingo, fau ingo, Œaute toga, fau tagaloa, fua samasama, loa, fauŒingo, tropical jewel-hibiscus
Ecocrop code291

DESCRIPTION: It is a coarse herb or prostrate creeper reaching 30-150 cm in height with an underground tuber. Plants die back to the tuber in the dry season but may produce new growth during the following wet season. Leaves ovate-suborbicular, usually 3-5-lobed, to 15 cm long. Calyx greenish, spathe-like, caduceus, corolla in colours from red with a white eye to bright yellow with a darker or purplish eye, 8-10 cm wide. Fruit a hirsute capsule 6-8 cm long, ovoid-cylindric. USE: Grown as an ornamental. The oil obtained from seeds possess an odour similar to that of musk and its aromatic constitents have long been used in perfumery industry. In India, the bitter, sweet, acrid, aromatic seeds are used as a tonic and are considered cooling, aphrodisiac, opthalmic, cardiotonic, digestive, stomachic, constipating, carminative, pectoral, diuretic, stimulant, antispasmodic, and deodorant, intestinal complaints, stomatitis, and diseases of the heart, allays thirst and checks vomiting. Seeds allay thirst, cure stomatitis, dyspepsia, urinary discharge, gonorrhea, leucoderma and itch. Roots and leaves are cures for gonorrhea. GROWING PERIOD: Annual, biennial or perennial. COMMON NAMES: Musk mallow. FURTHER INF: It can be found in India, southern China and tropical Asia, into the Pacific and northern Australia. It prefers open forests in areas of seasonal rainfall and can become weedy in open and disturbed areas.
SOURCE: NewCrop Database (24.07.02) E291