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Native Rosella

(Abelmoschus moschatus, fam. Malvaceae)

Abelmoschus moschatus Abelmoschus moschatus Abelmoschus moschatus Abelmoschus moschatus Abelmoschus moschatus
Herbacious plant, multistemmed, hairy and sometimes has a trailing form. Grows up to 2m across.
Form or habit: Herb
Latex:Absent
Leaf:Simple Alternate

Heart shaped leaves or can be 3-5 lobed, has fine hairs, serrated margains, 4-10cm x 4-8.5cm.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: Pink
Flower description:Most commonly occuring colour is watermelon pink but can also be yellow or white.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Black-grey
Fruit: Dry
Fruit description: Dry hairy, woody capsule containing many small black seeds.
Habitat:Woodland/ open forest
Distribution:Northern Australia and East Coast of Queensland.
Food source for:
Toxicity:No toxicity known
Origin:Australia
Weed:No
Weed status:
Notes:Underground tubers are a source of bush food.
Information sources:
Beasley J. (2009) Plants of Cape York: The Compact Guide

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