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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.