Abelmoschus moschatus Medik.

Malvenfam. 46 (1787)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Native to Western Australia
Name Status

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.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 10 September 1999

Scientific Description

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.

C. Hollister and K.R. Thiele, 18 January 2020


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