Abelmoschus moschatus Medik.
Malvenfam. 46 (1787)

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

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Friday 10 September 1999

Perennial, herb or shrub, to 0.6 m high. Fl. yellow/white, May or Dec or Jan to Feb. Silt, laterite, basalt. Seasonally wet areas.


Beard’s Provinces: Northern Province.

IBRA Regions: Northern Kimberley.

IBRA Subregions: Mitchell.

IMCRA Regions: Kimberley.

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

Scientific Description
Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele, Tuesday 29 August 2017

Shrub. Stems hairy. Leaves 50-125 mm long, 18-84 mm wide, not lobed; margins crenate; indumentum present, with non-tubercle-based simple hairs, with stellate 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, 60-65 mm long; indumentum present, with simple hairs. Calyx green, 17-26 mm long, the lobes fused less than half their length, stellate hairs present. Corolla yellow or white, 50-70 mm long, glabrous. Stamens many, united and arising from a staminal tube around the style; filaments present. Ovary hairs and scales absent (ovary quite glabrous); style 1, 15-22 mm long, with one style branches or lobes, hairy for most of length. 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, February, May or December. Distribution Botanical Province Northern, IBRA Bioregion North Kimberley.