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Abelmoschus manihot (L.) Medik.
Family Malvaceae
Abelmoschus manihot (L.) Medik. APNI*

Description: Erect herb or subshrub 1–3 m high; stems with spreading simple, few-branched or stellate hairs, sometimes glabrous.

Leaves variable, to 20 cm long and wide, deeply 3–7-lobed, lobes coarsely toothed to ± lobed or ± entire, glabrous to hairy; petiole to 20 cm long; stipules to c. 15 mm long.

Flowers solitary in axils or in racemes; pedicels to 7 cm long in fruit. Epicalyx segments 4–6, 10–30 mm long, 5–10 mm wide, ± persistent. Calyx c. 3 cm long. Petals 5–7 cm long, white or yellow with a small purple spot at base.

Capsule ± ovoid, 3–6 cm long, ± densely hairy.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: Only 1 record from Kyogle in 1940. Probably native of SE Asia & N Aust.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Other Australian states: Qld N.T. ?W.A.
AVH map***

Text by A. S. Mitchell & E. H. Norris
Taxon concept:

N.S.W. occurrences are: subsp. manihot

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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