Abelmoschus brevicapsulatus (Hochr.) Hochr.
Abelmoschus coccineus S.Y.Hu
Abelmoschus esquirolii (H.Lév.) S.Y.Hu
Abelmoschus moschatus rugosus (Wall. ex Wight & Arn.) Hochr.
Abelmoschus moschatus tuberosus (Span.) Borss.Waalk.
Abelmoschus rhodopetalus F.Muell.
Abelmoschus rugosus Wall. ex Wight & Arn.
Abelmoschus sharpei Copel. ex Merr.
Abelmoschus todayensis Elmer
Abelmoschus vanoverberghii Merr.
Hibiscus bellicorus H.Lév.
Hibiscus brevicapsulatus Hochr.
Hibiscus esquirolii H.Lév.
Hibiscus rhodopetalus (F.Muell.) F.Muell. ex Benth.
Hibiscus rugosus (Wall. ex Wight & Arn.) Roxb. ex Mast.
Hibiscus sagittifolius Kurz
Hibiscus sharpei (Copel. ex Merr.) Hochr.
Hibiscus todayensis (Elmer) Hochr.
Abelmoschus sagittifolius is a herbaceous perennial plant usually growing around 50 - 100cm tall, occasionally to 200cm, from a fleshy, tuberous rootstock that is around 4 - 5cm thick[
The plant is widely used in herbal medicine in Vietnam and China, and can be found for sale in local markets. It is harvested from the wild for use as a medicine, and is also cultivated for medicinal use in Vietnam and exported to China. It is often grown as an ornamental[
E. Asia - India, Myanmar, southern China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to New Guinea and Australia (Queensland)
Open Pinus forests, hills, grassy slopes, wastelands[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
The roots are rich in mucilage and are reconstituent, antitussive, cooling, demulcent, emmenagogic and tonic. They are used in the treatment of various conditions such as general debility, insomnia, pulmonary tuberculosis, anorexia, infantile stomatitis, rachitis, persistent fever and cough, sore throat, bronchitis, menstrual disorders, lumbago, body pains, ventigo and leucorrhoea[
The roots, collected in autumn and winter, are soaked in rice wash for 12 hours, then steamed and dried in the sun or in dryers[
The leaves and flowers are used to make a poultice that is used to treat scabies[
The plant is a potential substitute for the widely used herb marshmallow (Althaea officinalis). It has similar properties and is a better source of mucilage (up to 40% compared with 20%)[
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