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Abelmoschus moschatus

Abelmoschus moschatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Abelmoschus
Species: A. moschatus
Binomial name
Abelmoschus moschatus

Abelmoschus moschatus (Abelmosk, ambrette seeds, annual hibiscus, Bamia Moschata, Galu Gasturi, muskdana, musk mallow,[2] musk okra,[2] musk seeds, ornamental okra, rose mallow seeds, tropical jewel hibiscus,[2] Yorka okra) is an aromatic and medicinal plant native to India in the Malvaceae family.


  • Characteristics 1
  • Uses of the plant 2
    • Culinary uses 2.1
    • Medicinal uses 2.2
    • Other uses 2.3
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The seeds have a sweet, flowery, heavy fragrance similar to that of musk (hence its specific epithet moschātus, scientific Latin for ‘musk’).

Despite its tropical origin, the plant is frost-hardy.

Uses of the plant

Musk mallow seed oil was once frequently used as a substitute in perfumes for animal musk; however this use is now mostly replaced by various synthetic musks due to its high cost.

Culinary uses

It has many culinary uses. The seeds are added to coffee; unripe pods ("musk okra"), leaves and new shoots are eaten as vegetables.

Medicinal uses

Different parts of the plant have uses in Ayurveda herbal medicine.[3]

Other uses

In industry the root mucilage provides sizing for paper; tobacco is sometimes flavoured with the flowers.


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species". Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "USDA GRIN Taxonomy". 
  3. ^ L. D. Kapoor (2000). Handbook of Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants: Herbal Reference Library. Taylor & Francis. 
  • Brown, Deni (1995). The Royal Horticultural Society encyclopedia of herbs & their uses. London:  

External links

  • Abelmoschus moschatus
  • Abelmoschus moschatus
  • Abelmoschus moschatus Medicinal Plant Images Database (School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Baptist University) (traditional Chinese) (English)
  • Celtnet Spice Guide entry for Musk Mallow seeds, including recipes

Abelmoschus moschatus

Abelmoschus moschatus


  • Taxonavigation 1
  • Name 2
    • Synonyms 2.1
  • References 3
  • Vernacular names 4


Taxonavigation: Malvales 
Classification System: APG III

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Malvales

Familia: Malvaceae
Subfamilia: Malvoideae
Tribus: Hibisceae
Genus: Abelmoschus
Species: Abelmoschus moschatus
Subspecies: A. m. subsp. biakensis – A. m. subsp. moschatus


Abelmoschus moschatus Medik. (1787)


  • Homotypic
    • Abelmoschus abelmoschus (L.) Karst., Fl. Deutschl. ed vol. 2. 2, 157. 1894, nom. inadmiss.
    • Bamia abelmoschus (L.) Wall., Cat., no. 1915. 1828, nom. inval.
    • Hibiscus abelmoschus L., Sp. Pl. 1: 696. 1753.
    • Hibiscus moschatus (Medik.) Salisb., Prodr., 384. 1796, nom. illeg.
    • Hibiscus moschatus Roxb. ex Wight & Arn., Prod., 53. 1834, nom. illeg.


  • Mansfeld's World Database of Agriculture and Horticultural Crops 1998 onwards: IPK Gatersleben. Accessed: 2012 Feb 19.
  • Medikus, F.K. 1787. Ueber einige künstliche Geschlechter aus der Malven-Familie, denn der Klasse der Monadelphien. 46.
  • USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Abelmoschus moschatus in the ,Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed on 07-Oct-06.

Vernacular names

English: Musk Mallow
Polski: Ketmia piżmowa
ייִדיש: אַבלמאָסק
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