Common name: White Wild Musk Mallow, Native rosella • Hindi: Jangli bhindi • Marathi: Ran bhendi • Tamil: Kattu-vendai • Telugu: Nella benda, Parupubenda
Botanical name: Abelmoschus ficulneus Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Synonyms: Hibiscus ficulneus
White Wild Musk Mallow is a small erect shrub. It grows 2-5 ft tall and
spreads 2-6 ft across. Leaves are 5-8 cm long, 4-7 cm wide, circular,
heart-shaped at base, toothed, rough on both sides, 3-5 lobed. The flower
stalks occur at the end of branches or in leaf axils. They are covered
with velvety hairs. The flowers are 5-7 cm across. The flowers have short
stalks and are white turning pink, with a dark purple spot in the centre.
Stamen tube is about 1.5 cm long. Flowers last a couple of days. The seed
capsule is 5 angled. The plant has small hairs which cause itching.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale
|Photographed at Warora, Maharashtra.|