Abelmoschus moschatus subsp. biakensis (Hochr.) Borssum Waalkes
Blumea 14:93 (1966)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Native to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Wednesday 18 September 1996

Straggly or creeping shrub. Fl. yellow, Dec or Jan. Laterite.


Beard’s Provinces: Northern Province.

IBRA Regions: Northern Kimberley.

IBRA Subregions: Mitchell.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Wyndham-East Kimberley.

Scientific Description
Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele, Thursday 18 May 2017

Shrub. Stems hairy. Leaves 70-80 mm long, 65-70 mm wide, not lobed; margins crenate or serrate; indumentum present, with non-tubercle-based simple hairs, with tubercle-based simple hairs; stipules present but early deciduous (only visible on youngest leaves). Perianth clearly of two whorls (calyx and corolla), the corolla obvious and prominent. Pedicel present, 120-125 mm long; indumentum present, with simple hairs. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) present, 18 mm long, the lobes free, indumentum present, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) present, stellate hairs present. Calyx green, 8 mm long, the lobes fused less than half their length, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) present. Corolla yellow or red, 60-70 mm long, glabrous. Indumentum (outside) Sessile glands absent. Stamens many, united and arising from a staminal tube around the style; filaments present. Ovary hairs and scales absent (ovary quite glabrous); style 1, 32 mm long, with one style branches or lobes, mostly glabrous. Fruits dehiscent (capsules and follicles), length-width ratio at least 1.5 times as long as wide, hairs or scales present, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) present; apex rounded; calyx persistent to mature fruit; seeds per loculus 2-4. Flowering time January or December. Distribution Botanical Province Northern, IBRA Bioregion North Kimberley.