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Principal source: PIER, Abelmoschus moschatus. Full account PDF. 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. Species Description. Abelmoschus moschatus is an herbaceous trailing plant that grows to 2m in diameter with soft, hairy stems. It can grow up to 1. Leaves are alternate, rough, hairy and heart-shaped. They have 3 to 5 lobes and can grow to 15cm long. Flowers resemble those of the hibiscus and are usually watermelon pink, although they are sometimes white or cream in colour.

They last for only one day and their flowering depends on the timing of the wet season. Seeds are contained within hairy capsules up to 8cm long, which are tough but papery. A delicate musk-like odour is produced by the seed coat. Mishra et. Oil obtained from seeds possesses a musk-like odour that is used in the perfume industry. The roots, seeds and sometimes leaves, are used in traditional Indian medicines for a variety of illnesses, including intestinal complaints, constipation, dyspepsia and gonorrhea Oudhia, Valued as an ornamental plant due to its colourful and attractive flowers Magnolia Gardens Nursery, Abelmoschus moschatus grows in a range of habitats, from marshy areas to forest edges, at elevations of up to m.

Commonly found in disturbed, open areas, as well as gardens, plantations and ricefields PIER, Propagation can be from seeds, small tubers, or stem cuttings Townsend, General Impacts. Considered a weed in open and disturbed areas PIER, Countries or multi-country features with distribution records for Abelmoschus moschatus.

Informations on Abelmoschus moschatus has been recorded for the following locations. Click on the name for additional informations. Details of Abelmoschus moschatus in information. Management notes for this location.

Start date:. Ecosystem services:. Management information. Guidelines for the management of invasive alien plants or potentially invasive alien plants which are intended for import or have been intentionally imported. EPPO Bulletin 36 3 , Abelmoschus moschatus Summary: Ecology, synonyms, common names, distributions Pacific as well as global , management and impact information. Barthelat, F. Fournet, J.

Hoff, M. Online Database Abelmoschus moschatus Summary: An online database that provides taxonomic information, common names, synonyms and geographical jurisdiction of a species. Kohno, K. Effects of host plant species on the development of Dysdercus cingulatus Heteroptera: Pyrrhocoridae. Applied Entomological Zoology 39 1 : Summary: This paper came to the conclusion that A.

Magnolia Gardens Nursery. Summary: A webpage for a nursery that sells A. Mishra, D. Cultivation and processsing of Abelmoschus moschatus. Summary: Information on the yields from cultivated A. Mishra, H. Induced variation for qualitative and quantitative traits in muskdana Abelmoschus moschatus. Summary: Describes research on the production of different commercial varieties of A. Oudhia, P. Muskdana or ambrette Abelmoschus moschatus : aromatic and medicinal. Summary: Basic information on the cultivation and use of A.

Randall, R. The Global Compendium of Weeds: Abelmoschus moschatus. Summary: A very small amount of information on distribution and common names. Smith A. Lawai, Kauai, Hawaii. National Tropical Botanical Garden 2: Townsend, K. Abelmoschus moschatus subsp. Summary: Some basic information on A. The following 1 contacts offer information an advice on Abelmoschus moschatus.

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Abelmoschus moschatus Medikus. In Malesia it is common in the more humid areas, rare in the Lesser Sunda Islands and southern Papua New Guinea, lacking in the south-eastern Moluccas. On a small scale it is cultivated and occasionally occurs as a weed throughout the tropics and in warm temperate areas. Arabs sometimes flavour their coffee with the seed and in India and Malaysia pounded seeds are used to perfume hair, while seeds are also placed between clothes to keep away insects. Seeds are burned as incense and used in making incense sticks agarbattis. Tender leaves, shoots and pods are occasionally eaten as vegetable. In the Philippines a decoction of the roots and leaves is taken as an emollient remedy for gonorrhoea and rheumatism, while in Burma Myanmar and the Philippines the seed is said to have stomachic, tonic, diuretic, antihysteric, stimulating and antispasmodic properties.


Abelmoschus moschatus

Abelmoschus moschatus Abelmosk , ambrette , annual hibiscus , Bamia Moschata , Galu Gasturi , muskdana , musk mallow , [2] musk okra , [2] ornamental okra , rose mallow , tropical jewel hibiscus , [2] Yorka okra is an aromatic and medicinal plant in the family Malvaceae native to Asia and Australia. Despite its tropical origin, the plant is frost- hardy. Musk mallow seed oil was once frequently used as a substitute in perfumes for animal musk ; however this use is now mostly replaced by various synthetic musks due to its high cost. It has many culinary uses.

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