State Medicinal Plants Board (SMPB) Kerala

Abelmoschus moschatus Medik.

  • Family: Malvaceae
  • Vernacular names: Kasthurivenda, കസ്തുരിവെണ്ട (Malayalam), Musk mellow (English), Latakasturika (Sanskrit), Kasthuridana (Hindi), Kattukasthuri (Tamil)
  • Distribution: South Asia to Pacific Islands
  • Description: Erect herbs. Leaves palmately 3-7 lobed or parted. Flowers yellow with purple center, axillary, solitary. Capsules oblong-lanceolate, strongly 5-angular; seeds reniform, concentrically ribbed, blackish.
  • Habit: Herb
  • Habitat: Rocky areas in moist deciduous forests, also in the plains
  • Flowering & Fruiting: August-December

  • Parts used: Leaves, seeds and root
  • Properties & Uses: Diuretic, demulcent, stomachic, cooling, carminative, anti-septic and aphrodisiac. Seeds are used to treat intestinal problems, stomatitis, heart diseases, urinary discharges, leucoderma and itching. Juice of the fresh plant is used as a febrifuge and expectorant. It is also used in cough, bronchitis and asthma. Mucilage prepared from leaves and root is used to treat venereal diseases.
  • Systems of Medicines: Ayurveda, Folk, Unani,
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