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Okra, Lady's Fingers

Abelmoschus esculentus

Description:

Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench (syn. Hibiscus esculentus L.), of family Malvaceae, known as Okra, Lady's Fingers, Bhindi or Gumbo, is a flowering plant valued for its edible green seed pods. The plant is cultivated in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate regions around the world. The species is an annual or perennial, growing to 2 m tall. It is related to such species as cotton, cocoa, and hibiscus. The leaves are 10–20 cm long and broad, palmately lobed with 5–7 lobes. The flowers are 4–8 cm in diameter, with five white to yellow petals, often with a red or purple spot at the base of each petal. The fruit is a capsule up to 18 cm long, containing numerous seeds.

Habitat:

Backyard.

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6 Comments

Thanks Mayra, Hemma, Sachindra, Ali :)

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 7 years ago

Beautiful!!

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

lovely. Love the okras. Except very sticky!

nexttogone
nexttogone 7 years ago

You're welcome... It actually works better if you eat it at first signs of not feeling well... A great preventive maintenance in the winter along with fresh homemade salsa. I can drink bowls of salsa. ")

@next, I did not know that! Thanks for the tip :)

nexttogone
nexttogone 7 years ago

I forgot how pretty these flowers are... You know... the best thing for fighting colds is a hot bowl of stewed tomatoes and okra. Yum... ")

Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Mar 13, 2013
Submitted on Mar 15, 2013

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