Abelmoschus moschatus Medik. var. florepleno
For information on the species see Abelmoschus moschatus Medik. A number of colour forms have been recorded in the several subspecies, from near white through yellow to deep red, but I have found no reference to a form with double flowers.
Horticultural & Botanical History
No additional data.
History at Camden Park
Abelmoschus moschatus and the variety flore pleno were requested from George Stevenson, South Australia, in 1844. [MP A2933-1, p.21]. It is not known if they were received but John Bidwill did use Abelmoschus moschatus as a parent in a cross he effected in Tahiti. For details see Hibiscus moschato-speciosus [Bidwill].
The failure to identify a double flowered form places in doubt the identity of Abelmoschus moschatus. Alternatives are Hibiscus moscheutos L., a North American species which has at times been recorded as Hibiscus moschatus, and Malva moschata L., a European species, which is much less likely. I have no information on double forms of either species.
For information on Hibiscus moscheutos L. see the entry for Hibiscus moscheutos Welw. ex Hiern. ssp. palustris (L.) R.T.Clausen.
Published Jan 16, 2010 - 04:47 PM | Last updated Aug 04, 2011 - 05:26 PM
|Region of origin||
South East Asia, it has also been recorded from Northern Australia where it may also be native
Musk Mallow, Musk Okra
|Name in the Camden Park Record||
Abelmoschus moschatus flore pleno