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  Abelmoschus moschatus
  Citation:  Abelmoschus moschatus Medik., Malv. 46. 1787; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 77. 1990; T.K. Paul in B.D. Sharma & Sanjappa, Fl. India 3: 308. 1993; Sivar. & Pradeep, Malvac. Southern Peninsular India 70. 1996; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 58. 1996; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 77. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 29. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 26. 2002; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 96. 2002; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 78. 2005; M. Mohanan & A.V.N. Rao in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 404. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 114. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 145. 2009. Hibiscus abelmoschus L., Sp. Pl. 696. 1753; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 342. 1874; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 87(69). 1915.
  Malayalam Name(s): Kattukasthuri, Kasthurivenda, Lathakasthuri
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Ambrette plant, Musk mellow, Muskseed
  Description: Erect herbs or undershrubs, 1-2 m tall; stems clothed with long deflexed hairs. Leaves plamately 3-7-lobed or parted, 7-20 x 6-20 cm, the lobes often narrowly linear, coarsely serrate-dentate, apex acuminate, upper leaves narrower, often hastate or sagittate, upper surface prominently simple hairy, lower surface with both stellate and simple hairs; petioles to 15 cm long; stipules linear to filiform. Flowers axillary, solitary; pedicels slender, to 5 cm long. Involucral bracts 7-9, c. 10 x 2 mm, linear hispid, caducous. Calyx 2 -3 cm long, c. 2.5 cm across, spathaceous, splitting at one side, shortly 3 -5-toothed at apex. Corolla 7-9 cm across, yellow with purple center; petals 5, c. 6 x 5 cm, obovate, margins entire. Staminal column c. 1.5 cm long; antheriferous throughout; filaments c. 5 mm long, anthers c. 5 mm long, yellow. Ovary c.7 mm long, ovoid; stylar branches 5; stigma purple, hairy. Capsules 6-8 cm long, oblong-lanceolate, strongly 5-angular, appressed hairy, blackish when ripe. Seeds c. 3.5 x 3 mm, reniform, concentrically ribbed, blackish.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: August-December
  District(s): Wayanad, Palakkad, Alappuzha, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Kottayam, Kozhikkode, Ernakulam
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Rocky areas in moist deciduous forests, also in the plains
  Distribution: South Asia to Pacific Islands
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Localities: Peechi, Vellanimala, Thannikkudy, Vengoli, Kokkathode, Malampuzha, Marapalam area, Kottur R.F., Nooranad, Kanjirakadavu, Vadapuram, Karimpuzha, Kappukadu
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