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  Abelmoschus esculentus (Red Form)
  Family Name : Malvaceae

  Common Names : Red Velvet Okra

  Chinese Name : 红色羊角豆

Red Velvet Okra
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Semi-Annual / Annual-Like, Annual
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Maximum Height :
      1.5 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Erect, annual herb up to 1.5 m tall.
      Foliage: Palmately lobed leaves are divided into about 5 ovate-elliptic or oblong lobes (intermediate between egg-shaped and oval or elongated). The petiole is up to 15 cm long and covered in stiff hairs. Leaf margin is irregularly toothed.
      Stems: The stem is round and bright red.
      Flowers: Solitary flowers occur in the leaf axils (the space between the upper surface of the leaf and the stem). Cream to pale yellow flowers are 5-7 cm wide with a dark red centre and obovate petals.
      Fruits: The fruit is a cylindrical capsule which becomes dry and dehiscent at maturity. It contains round to kidney-shaped seeds.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Fruits)
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable: Young okra can be eaten fresh or cooked. It is usually added to curries and stews. The seeds can be pressed for oil.)
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Fruits
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      General, Container Planting
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Economic Garden
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna) (Insects (Bee))
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Propagation Method :
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Velvety / Furry / Tomentose, Spiny / Bristly / Stinging
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Palmate)
      Foliar Venation :
      Foliar Margin :
      Palmately Lobed
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Foliar Base :
      Truncate / Square, Cordate
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Yellow / Golden
      FlowerTexture(s) :
      Flower Grouping :
      Flower Location :
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Mature Fruit Texture(s) :
      Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
      Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Dehiscent Dry Fruit (Capsule)
      Mature Seed Colour(s) :
  • References
      Siemonsma, J.S. and Piluek, K. (Editors). 1994. Plant Resources of South-East Asia (PROSEA) No 8. Vegetables. Bogor, Indonesia: Prosea Foundation
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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