Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3519

Forb
Annual/Perennial

Non-native: Africa
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (in cultivation), rare (as an escape)

Look for it in gardens (rarely persistent or self-seeding the year following), per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Creamy-white (with a red or purple center)
5 sepals united at base or more than half their length
5 petals united at base
Stamens united to form a staminal column surrounding ovary and styles
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Malvales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Abelmoschus esculentus   FAMILY Malvaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Abelmoschus esculentus   FAMILY Malvaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Hibiscus esculentus

 

COMMON NAME:
Okra, Gumbo


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image of Abelmoschus esculentus

Keith Bradley    kab_a_esculentus_4199

August    Miami-Dade County    FL

image of Abelmoschus esculentus

Keith Bradley    kab_a_esculentus_4200

August    Miami-Dade County    FL

image of Abelmoschus esculentus

Keith Bradley    kab_a_esculentus_4201

August    Miami-Dade County    FL

image of Abelmoschus esculentus

JK Marlow    jkm101003_115

October    Greenville County    SC

Beechwood Farms

Perhaps better included in a broadly circumscribed Hibiscus, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Abelmoschus esculentus

JK Marlow    jkm101003_119

October    Greenville County    SC

Beechwood Farms

Leaf blade palmately 3-7 lobed, sparsely hirsute on both surfaces, per Flora of China.

image of Abelmoschus esculentus

JK Marlow    jkm101003_122

October    Greenville County    SC

Beechwood Farms

Corolla yellow or white with dark purple center, per Flora of China.