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Abelmoschus Odishae : New Plant Species Of ‘Wild Okra’

Abelmoschus Odishae : New Plant Species Of ‘Wild Okra’

A scientist from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) recently discovered a new plant species of ‘wild okra’ named ‘Abelmoschus Odishae’.

  • Abelmoschus Odishae is a new plant species of ‘wild okra’.
  • It was discovered in a moist deciduous forest in Banspal block in Keonjhar district, Odisha.
  • It can be used for hybridisation to create a better variety with high disease resistance.
  • It can also play a vital role in widening the genetic base of okra.
  • It is a perennial shrub up to 5 metres high with a densely hispid, prickly stem with retrorse hairs.
  • It has large, deep yellow flowers.
  • It has sub-reniform seeds with short, stout, and non-spiral trichomes.


  • Okra, also known as gumbo or ladies’ fingers, is a warm-season vegetable.
  • It is native to the tropics of the Eastern Hemisphere and is widely cultivated or naturalised in the tropics and subtropics of the Western Hemisphere.
  • It comes in green and red varieties.
  • It is part of the mallow family of botanicals, which also includes cocoa and cotton.
  • It is a good source of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and fibre.
  • Okra has a mild taste and a unique texture, with a peach-like fuzz on the outside. Inside the pod are small, edible seeds.