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Abelmoschus moschatus
Family Malvaceae
Abelmoschus moschatus APNI*

Description: Erect herb or subshrub 2–4 m high; stems with spreading to retrorse simple hairs.

Leaves variable, mostly to 15 cm long and wide, shallowly to deeply 3–7-lobed, lobes mostly toothed, ± appressed-hairy; petiole to 20 cm long; stipules to c. 10 mm long.

Flower solitary in upper axils; pedicels 2–4 cm long, lengthening to c. 12 cm in fruit. Epicalyx segments 6–10, 9–15 mm long, 1–2.5 mm wide, persistent. Calyx c. 3 cm long. Petals 3–5 cm long, yellow with a dark purple spot at base.

Capsule ± ovoid, 4–8 cm long, hairy.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: Introduced to NC*. Probably native of N Aust. and SE Asia
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. moschatus

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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