Abelmoschus moschatus ssp. tuberosus
Form and Size: Herbaceous trailing plant to 2m in diameter, with soft, hairy stems.
Distribution: Across northern Australia; in open woodlands.
Leaves: Alternate, rough, hairy, heart-shaped or 3-5 lobed, serrated margins,
4-10cm x 4-8.5cm.
Flowers: Hibiscus-like, usually watermelon pink but variable - sometimes white or yellow with a
Flowering Period: November to April, on the arrival of the seasonal wet.
Fruit: Capsules, hairy & woody.
Distinctive Features: Underground tuber, dormant during the dry season. This plant is
related to the edible Okra and is eaten by Aborigines.
Cultivation/Notes: Tuber should be kept dry during the dry season. May be grown
from seeds, tubers or stem cuttings.