Abelmoschus moschatus Medik.

  • Family : MALVACEAE
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Malvaceae
  • Species : Abelmoschus moschatus
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Abelmoschus moschatus Medik.
  • Common name : Musk Mallow, Ambrette, Vegetable Musk
  • Vernacular name : Mask dhana, Latakasturi (Hin.); Kasturi bende (Kan.); Vertilai Kasthuri, Kattu kasthuri (Tam.); Kastoori benda (Tel.); Banobhindi (Ori.); Latakasturika (San.)
  • Collection Nos : RRLB 7526
  • Collector(s) Name : M. Brahmam & N.K. Dhal
  • Collection Date : 26/11/91
  • Collection Locality : Karlapat, Kalahandi district, Odisha
  • Key identification features : Tall herbs clothed with hirsute hairs on stem and on the palmately compund leaves; Flowers are axillary, solitary. Calyx spathaceous, toothed at the apex. Corolla is yellow with purplish center. Anthers are yellow. Fruit is a long-oblong, penta-angled, hairy capsules turning blackish when ripe; Seeds are reniform, ribbed and blackish.
  • Habit : Herb
  • Flower, Fruit : July-December
  • Comments : Occasional in waste lands and fallow fields of Eastern Ghats. Seed oil is used as an adulterant for musk & perfume.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Tamil Nadu State; Kurnool district (Andhra Pradesh State); Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary (Kalahandi district) (Odisha State)
  • World Distribution : India, Andaman & Nicobar (India), Pakistan, Bangaldesh, China, Indo-China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Fiji Islands
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2002 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 1; J.L.Ellis, 1987- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 1; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1994- Flora of Orissa Vol. 1
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. http://easternghats.ces.iisc.ernet.in/plants.php?name=Abelmoschus moschatus. Downloaded on 15 July 2020.


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