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Published: 2023-08-14
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Abelmoschus odishae (Malvoideae: Malvaceae): a new wild okra from tropical Eastern India

ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources; Exploration Base Centre; NRRI Campus; Cuttack – 753006; Odisha; India
Eudicots Abelmoschus palianus moist deciduous Odisha


Abelmoschus odishae (Malvoideae: Malvaceae), a new species, from a moist deciduous forest in Keonjhar district of Odisha in Eastern India, is described and illustrated. It shares morphological similarities with A. palianus, however, differs in characters exhibiting perennial large shrub; densely hispid prickly stem with long retrorse hairs; spinescent pedicel; 8 (7–9) segmented, lanceolate epicalyx; widely campanulate corolla; ovoid to oblong, bristly capsules; sub-reniform seeds with stout porrect trichomes. A field identification key for Indian Abelmoschus is also provided for ease of identification.



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