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Abelmoschus moschatus (Fautia; Musk; Musk mallow; Okra; musk okra; Algalia; Almizcle vegetal; Ambretta semi; Aukiki; Bisameibisch; Fau ingo; Fou ingo; Gombo musqué; Gongul; Karereon; O'e'e; Okeoke; Vakeke; Wakeke; Wakewake; Wakiwaki)

Language: Chamorro; Samoan; Yapese

Wikipedia Abstract

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) is an aromatic and medicinal plant native to India in the Malvaceae family.
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Invasive Species

Abelmoschus moschatus is a weedy, herbaceous plant that is native to India, parts of China and tropical Asia, and some Pacific islands. It is cultivated in India for the musk-like oil contained in its seeds, which is valued for perfume manufacture. It is considered a weed in open and disturbed areas. It has been found to be a suitable host plant for the insect Dysdercus cingulatus, which is a serious pest of cotton crops.
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Edible [1]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [1]  Hermaphrodite
Leaf Type [2]  Evergreen
Lifespan [1]  Perennial
Pollinators [1]  Insects, Lepidoptera
Structure [2]  Herb
Usage [1]  An essential oil is obtained from the plant; It is used as a food flavouring and in perfumery as a musk substitute; However, it has been known to cause photosensitivity so this use has been largely discontinued; An oil obtained from the seed contains 18.9% linoleic acid; The oil is f high econmic value; Total yields of oil are not given; The seeds are used as an insecticide; Another report says that extracts of the fruits and upper parts of the plant show insecticidal activity; A fibre is obtained from the stem bark; It is used to make ropes; A mucilage obtained from the roots is used as a size for paper;
Height [1]  6.56 feet (2 m)
Width [1]  39 inches (1 m)
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Corcovado National Park 115845 Costa Rica  


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Svalbard Global Seed Vault


Caribbean; Oceania;

External References

USDA Plant Profile



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1Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
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