Abelmoschus cancellatus Voigt
Abelmoschus hainanensis S.Y. Hu
Abelmoschus racemosus Wall.
Bamia cancellata Wall.
Bamia crinita Wall.
Hibiscus bodinieri H. Lév.
Hibiscus cancellatus Roxb. ex G. Don
Hibiscus cavaleriei H. Lév.
Hibiscus crinitus (Wall.) G. Don
Illustration of the flowering stem
Photograph by: Lindley; The Botanical Register 11: t. 917. 1825
Abelmoschus crinitus is an erect, perennial, herbaceous plant, growing 50 - 200cm tall. The roots are usually tuberous[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine. It is sometimes cultivated for its edible roots[
Abelmoschus crinitus is widespread throughout its native region. Although the current population trend is unknown, given its widespread distribution and occurrence in a variety of habitats at a range of altitudes, it is suspected that the population is large. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2019)[
E. Asia - southern China, India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Grassy slopes at elevations from 300 - 1,300 metres in southern China[
]. Tropical and subtropical forests[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Other Uses Rating||
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Abelmoschus crinitus is a lowland tropical species, usually restricted to areas subject to a pronounced dry season[
The leaves are used in the treatment of dysentery.
Abelmoschus crinitus is a tertiary genetic relative of, and potential gene donor to okra, Abelmoschus esculentus (L.)
Moench. Alongside other wild Abelmoschus species, it carries complete resistance to yellow vein mosaic virus[
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