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Borrowdale Common, nr cnr Lanner Ave/Teviotdale Ave
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Hibiscus esculentus L.
Derere rechipudzi (Shona)
Lady's fingers (English)
Description: Annual herb, up to 2 m, widely cultivated for its edible fruit. Leaves up to 25 cm, almost round in outline, deeply, palmately lobed, more or less densely hairy on both surfaces, particularly on the veins; margin serrate. Flowers in terminal clusters or solitary in the leaf axils, up to 8 cm in diameter, yellow with a purple centre. Epicalyx with 10-12 bracts, narrowly linear triangular, up to 25 mm. Fruit a capsule, more or less narrowly ellipsoid, up to 14 cm.
Notes: The fruits are edible and cooked as a vegetable. When not harvested, the fruits dry out and become woody, splitting lengthwise along the 6-8 ridges, exposing the seeds (see photo).
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Habitat: Disturbed places, such as areas formerly cultivated
Altitude range: (metres)
Worldwide distribution: Native of Tropical Asia, now widely cultivated throughout the tropics.
Growth form(s): Annual.
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Images last updated: Sunday 21 January 2007
Malvaceae Exell, A.W. (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 423 - 426. (Includes a picture). Comments
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Abelmoschus esculentus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139690, retrieved 26 September 2016
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