A multipurpose plant, valued especially for its essential oil, but also providing food, medicines and a range of commodities. It is widely cultivated in tropical. Abelmoschus moschatus is a weedy, herbaceous plant that is native to India, parts of China and tropical Asia, and some Pacific islands. Abelmoschus moschatus. Malvaceae. Medik. LOCAL NAMES. Arabic (hhabb el misk,anbar bûl); Chinese (ye you ma,shan you ma,huang ku,huang kai); English .

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Propagation may be from seeds, small tubers or stem cuttings. Flat areas, valleys, stream sides and scrub slopes in western and southern China[]. Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs.

Abelmoschus moschatus

The anelmoschus are valued medicinally for their diuretic, demulcent and stomachic properties. Stems, petioles and upper and lower leaf blade surfaces clothed in a mixture of long, translucent, simple and stellate hairs. Your comments The flower labeled Musk Mallow is You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box. Tell a friend about this flower!

Management notes for this location. Musk Mallow abekmoschus a soft, herbaceous trailing plant to 2 m in length, with soft hairy stems. A very small amount of information on distribution and common names. Only comments or links that are felt to be directly relevant to a plant will be included.


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It is used as a food flavouring and in perfumery as a musk substitute[]. Stamen column is mostly yellow, at base dark purple, hairless.

Fruiting in autumn; the seeds are musk scented. Tue Sep 8 Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern.

Abelmoschus moschatus Musk Mallow,Musk Okra PFAF Plant Database

The seed can also be sown in situ in late April in areas with warm moechatus. EPPO Bulletin 36 3 Year ISBN Description Excellent book, covering over 1, species of useful plants from Nepal together with information on the geography and peoples of Nepal.

Abelmoschus moschatus is a perennial herb or 2 m tall shrub that occurs across coastal areas of northern Australia and along the east coast to South Stradbroke Island.

It has many culinary uses. Fide Borssum Waalkes Used as a vegetable[]. Sat Mar 28 Seeds reniformlongitudinally striated. We are currently updating this section.

Despite its tropical origin, moschatjs plant is frost- hardy. Muskdana or ambrette Abelmoschus moschatus: An emulsion from the seeds is considered to be anti-spasmodic and is used externally. Leaves, shoots and tuberous roots can be eaten raw or cooked and were a source of food abelmoschuss Aborigines [36, ]. Total yields of oil are not given[K]. They last for only one day and their flowering depends on the timing of the wet season.


Flowers resemble those of the hibiscus and are usually watermelon pink, although they are sometimes white or cream in colour. It is cultivated in India for the musk-like oil contained in its seeds, which is valued for perfume manufacture.

Sepal cup is velvety outside.

Abelmoschus moschatus – Useful Tropical Plants

Moschats essential oil is used in aromatherapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety[]. Seed – sow April in a greenhouse. Flowers occur singly in leaf axils. Asia – Himalayas to China and Vietnam.

The following 1 contacts offer information an advice on Abelmoschus moschatus. Presl Abelmoschus todayensis Elmer Abelmoschus vanoverberghii Merr. Presl Abelmoschus palustris Walp.