This plant is close relative of Okra, native to India, Valued for its scented seeds, It is an erect, annual herb with reflexed, reddish hairs on the stems, 50-180cm height.
Hairy, Alternate, 3-5 lobed, cordate at the base.
Large, hibiscus like, Yellow in colour with purple centres.
Edible, hairy capsule, 6-8 cm long and ovoid-cylindrical.
Seeds small, kidney shaped, dark in colour and musky-scented.
Tender fruits are used as stimulant and used as a home remedy for mouth ulcers.
The seeds are bitter, sweet, aromatic, cooling, cardio tonic, digestive, improves digestion and appetite, constipating,antispasmodic, deodorant, insecticidal and tonic.
The generic name Abelmoschus is derived from Arabic ‘abu-l-mosk’ (father of musk) in reference to the smell of the seeds. It denotes the characteristics of the seeds ie, ‘musk smelling’.