Abelmoschus moschatus subsp. tuberosus (Span.) Borss.Waalk.

Blumea 14:93 (1966)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

Scrambling or procumbent perennial, herb or shrub, to 0.6 m high. Fl. white, Feb or May or Dec. Basalt, silt. Seasonally wet areas.

Grazyna Paczkowska, Descriptive Catalogue, 18 September 1996

Scientific Description

Herb or shrub. Stems hairy. Leaves 15-80 mm long, 20-105 mm wide, palmately lobed, simply (once-)lobed; margins crenate; indumentum present, with non-tubercle-based simple hairs; stipules present and persistent to older leaves or present but early deciduous (only visible on youngest leaves). Perianth clearly of two whorls (calyx and corolla), the corolla obvious and prominent. Pedicel present, 55-100 mm long; indumentum present, with simple hairs, with stellate hairs. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) present, 15-23 mm long, the lobes free, indumentum present, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) present. Calyx green, 20-25 mm long, the lobes fused half or more of their length, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) present, stellate hairs present. Corolla yellow or red, 47-52 mm long, glabrous. Stamens many, united and arising from a staminal tube around the style; filaments present, 1-1.7 mm long; anthers 1-1.5 mm long. Ovary hairs and scales absent (ovary quite glabrous); style 1, 30-35 mm long, with one, four or five style branches or lobes, mostly glabrous. Fruits dehiscent (capsules and follicles), length-width ratio more or less as long as wide, hairs or scales present, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) present, stellate hairs present; apex rounded; calyx persistent to mature fruit; carpels 5; seeds per loculus 1. Flowering time February, May or December. Distribution Botanical Province Northern, IBRA Bioregion North Kimberley.

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 15 January 2020


IBRA Regions
Northern Kimberley.
IBRA Subregions
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Wyndham-East Kimberley.