Abelmoschus moschatus

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Abelmoschus moschatus Medik.

Malvaceae

Life form: annual or biennial

Exposure: sun   9

Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: palmately lobed

Division: simple

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: solitary

Petals: single
Habit: not specified

Growth form: clump-forming

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Dilleniidae
Superordo:
Malvanae
Ordo:
Malvales

Abelmoschus moschatus belongs to the group of annual and biennial plants.

Naming

Abelmoschus moschatus was described by Friedrich Kasimir Medikus in 1787. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Abelmoschus moschatus is a species in the genus Abelmoschus which contains approximately 14 to 25 species and belongs to the family of the Malvaceae (Mallow Family).

Characteristics

Abelmoschus moschatus - seeds

Growth

The plants reach heights of 1,2 to 1,5 metres.

Leaves

Abelmoschus moschatus is deciduous. The simple leaves are alternate. They are palmately lobed and petiolate with dentate margins and palmate venation.

Flowers and Fruits

Abelmoschus moschatus produces solitary light yellow five-stellate flowers from July to August.

The plants carry ornamental loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Abelmoschus moschatus is native to India and is naturalized in the tropics.

Cultivation

The plants prefer a sunny situation on moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -7°C (USDA zone 9).

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • none: drought

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

The plants usually need very little maintenance.


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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