Malvenfam., 45. 1787
Fla., s, se Asia, Africa, sw Pacific Islands, Australia, introduced nearly worldwide, often becoming naturalized, especially in tropical and subtropical regions.
Species 6+ (1 in the flora).
Abelmoschus is a segregate of Hibiscus; it is unique in calyx characters among others. Conservative interpretations of Abelmoschus recognize six species; many others have been named.
In addition to Abelmoschus esculentus, A. manihot (Linnaeus) Medikus and A. moschatus Medikus are cultivated as ornamentals in North America and may occasionally escape. The leaves of Abelmoschus are edible; the seeds of A. moschatus have a musk odor and yield ambrette, an oil used in perfumery.
|Author||David M. Bates +|
|Distribution||Fla. +, S +, Se Asia +, Africa +, Sw Pacific Islands +, Australia +, Introduced nearly worldwide +, Often becoming naturalized + and Especially in tropical and subtropical regions. +|
|Etymology||Presumably Arabic habb-el-misk, musk seed, alluding to scented seeds +|
|Illustrator||Linny Heagy +|
|Publication title||Malvenfam., +|
|Publication year||1787 +|
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|Special status||Introduced +|
|Taxon family||Malvaceae +|
|Taxon name||Abelmoschus +|
|Taxon parent||Malvaceae subfam. Malvoideae +|
|Taxon rank||genus +|
|Volume||Volume 6 +|