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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 3/8/2013)
 

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/8/2013)
Species ABELMOSCHUS ESCULENTUS (L.) Moench
PlaceOfPublication Method. P1. 617. 1794.
Synonym Hibiscus esculentus L., Sp. P1. 696. 1753.
Description Herb or suffrutex, the stem up to 2.5 m high, glabrous or sparsely setulose. Leaves with the petiole 5-20 cm long, setulose, the stipules subulate, up to 12 mm long, setulose, early caducous; blade subcircular in outline and up to 20 cm in diam, cuneate to truncate to cordate at the base, palmatilobed, -cleft or -fid, the segments deltoid-ovate-to narrowly elliptic or oblanceolate, acute at the apex, finely to coarsely serrate at the margin, 3- or 5(-7)-palminerved, sparsely setulose espe- cially along the prominent veins beneath. Flowers solitary in the uppermost leaf axils, the pedicel stout, terete, enlarged near the apex, 5-15 mm long, up to 2.5 cm long and much thickened in fruit, setulose; epicalyx bractlets 8-12, linear-lanceollate, 12-15 mm long, setulose, caducous; calyx 5-dentate, up to 2.5 cm long, setulose; petals asymmetrical, rounded at the apex, 3-4(-6) cm long, yellow with dark red or purple basal spots; staminal tube about l2 as long as the corolla; styles exceed- ing slightly the staminal tube. Capsule oblong to narrowly oblong-ovate, long- acuminate, 5-angulate, 7.5-16 cm long and 1.5-2.5 cm in diam, densely short-hirsute when young, at length glabrescent; seeds globose-reniform, ca 5 mm in diam, glabrous or minutely stellate-puberulus or sometimes pilose.
Habit Herb
Common Okra gumbo
Note In Panama, it is called colloquially najut, and the seeds are used like coffee and in chocolate (cf. Standley 25279).
Common najut
Specimen CANAL ZONE: Balboa, weedy field, wild and cult., Standley 30891 (US); id., old garden, Standley 25573 (US); Sosa Hill, Balboa, edge of finca, Standley 25279 (US). PANAMA: Tocumen, Agronomy School Farm, Dwyer 1979 (MO).
 
 
 
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