Hibiscus cannabinus Ulbr. & Fr.
Hibiscus meeusei Exell
Hibiscus sabdariffa Mendonça & Torre
Hibiscus nigricaulis is an erect, annual plant, sometimes biennial, with a finely-prickly stem; it can grow up to 150cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. It is sometimes cultivated as a vegetable in Zambia[
Africa - southern DR Congo, Angola, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, S. Africa
Ruderal and wild, in old cultivated lands and waste places, disturbed native vegetation, moist places and marshland[
]. Dry scrub; humid places; 'dembos'; roadsides, fallow, waste land; at elevations from 1,100 - 1,800 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
A tetraploid species, one parent may be Hibiscus asper[
]. (Part not specified, but likely to be the fruit and/or the leaves[
]). It is considered to be more palatable than the true okra (Abelmoschus esculentus[
Seed - sow in situ or in containers. Germination is usually fairly rapid and no special pretreatment is needed, although germination will be faster if the seed is abraded or soaked prior to sowing[
]. Prick out container-grown seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions when they are 10cm or more tall.
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