African Plant Database

Abelmoschus ficulneus (L.) Wight & Arn.
Protologue : Prodr. Fl. Ind. Orient. 1: 53 (1834)
Information on the genus : Abelmoschus
Basionym : Hibiscus ficulneus L.
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (naturalised-introduced)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Hibiscus ficulneus L. (1753)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Hibiscus sinuatus Cav. (1787)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Coarse fibrous annual herb to 1,5 m tall becoming woody below.
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Ecology : Weed in crops, grassland and bushland on seasonally waterlogged black cotton soil; near sea-level-600 m alt. Madagascar; India; Indonesia; N Australia.
  Often confused with the cultivated A. esculentus, and probably undercollected.
Biol./Eco : Herb; distribution: Mascarenes, Australasia/Pacific, Seychelles, Asia, Comoros, Africa,

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Malvaceae : 76 (2009).

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 1: 187 (1991).
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carte afrique num 81980
Record n°81980 modified 2008-11-21
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