commonly known as: Jamaica sorrel, Java jute, Pusa hemp, red sorrel, roselle, Thai jute • Assamese: টেঙা-মৰা tengamora • Bengali: lal mista • Gujarati: ખાટી ભીંડી khati bhindi, લાલ અંબાડી lal ambadi • Hindi: लाल अम्बाड़ी lal ambari, पटवा patwa • Kannada: ಪುಳಚಾರಕೆ ಪುಂಡಿ pulachaaraki pumdi, ಪುಂಡಿಬೀಜ pumdibija • Malayalam: puli-cheera • Manipuri: সিলো সৌগৰী silo-sougree • Marathi: लाल अंबाडी lal ambadi, तांबडी अंबाडी tambadi ambadi • Mizo: lekhar-anthur • Sanskrit: अम्बष्ठिका ambasthika • Tamil: செம்புளிச்சை cem-puliccai • Telugu: ఎర్ర గోంగూర erra gongura;
 
Hye-bisk-us — rose-mallow
sab-duh-RIF-fuh — from the West Indian vernacular name for Hibiscus sabdariffa
  
 
Distribution: widely cultivated    
 


 

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Malvaceae week :: Hibiscus sabdariffa:  Hibiscus sabdariffa L.
Hye-bisk-us — rose-mallow 
sab-duh-RIF-fuh — from the West Indian vernacular name for Hibiscus sabdariffa
[image: Lal Ambari (Hindi: लाल अम्बाड़ी)]<http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2Fdi…>
Nov 20, 2010 at a small farm in Yeoor Hills (part of Sanjay Gandhi National Park)
*commonly known as*: Jamaica sorrel, Java jute, Pusa hemp, red sorrel, roselle, Thai jute • *Assamese*: টেঙা-মৰা tengamora • *Bengali*: lal mista • *Gujarati*: ખાટી ભીંડી khati bhindi, લાલ અંબાડી lal ambadi • *Hindi*: लाल अम्बाड़ी lal ambari, पटवा patwa • *Kannada*: ಪುಳಚಾರಕೆ ಪುಂಡಿ pulachaaraki pumdi, ಪುಂಡಿಬೀಜ pumdibija • *Malayalam*: puli-cheera • *Manipuri*: সিলো সৌগৰী silo-sougree • *Marathi*: लाल अंबाडी lal ambadi, तांबडी अंबाडी tambadi ambadi • *Mizo*: lekhar-anthur • *Sanskrit*: अम्बष्ठिका ambasthika • *Tamil*: செம்புளிச்சை cem-puliccai • *Telugu*: ఎర్ర గోంగూర erra gongura
Distribution: widely cultivated
[image: Lal Ambadi (Marathi: लाल अंबाडी)]<http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2Fdi…>…
Nov 20, 2010 at a small farm in Yeoor Hills (part of Sanjay Gandhi    National Park) 
[image: Lal Ambadi (Gujarati: લાલ અંબાડી)]<http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2Fdi…>…
Nov 20, 2010 at a small farm in Yeoor Hills (part of Sanjay Gandhi National Park)


The last photo shows flower buds in green … which will turn to crimson-red in a day or two — later would bloom in that colour. Have yet not got chance to see a flower in bloom. 


 
Family:   Malvaceae
Genus:           Hibiscus
Species:            H. sabdariffa
Binomial name    Hibiscus sabdariffa L. 
 
Two main  varieties…   we are dealing with edible red fruits Rosselle : H. sabdariffa var. sabdariffa 
The plant I present here was in a pot of soil, about 5 feet tall, at the tail end of its life, all fruits were ripe and leaves were mostly gone … few flowers remained…  flowers were deep red… about 5 inches across,  2.5 to
3 inches long at nite when closed.  The fruits were 1 to 1.5 inches long and 07 to 0.8 inches at the widest, the thick calyx was about 2 mm thick, and sour.  The dried stems of the plant at the end of its life were very
difficult to cut, matter of fact long thin cuts were found on my palms afterward when I had tried having a tug of war with the stems…
   it was then that I discovered that the other variety was not edible and source of
jute like fibre… oh sure, but this :H. sabdariffa var. sabdariffa was doing quite well for itself….   The fibres it had produced must have been quite strong too….
Our Hibscus sabdariffa var. sabdariffa  is an interesting vegetable….
Its called Roselle… for the red colored fleshy calyx I guess…
Striking red calyx covers the green fruit inside… the red covering is what is we are after… mucilaginous red gooey mass upon boiling becomes an appetizing  jelly with addition of sugar and cinnamon…. In Bengal.
In the west, we drink tea made of “Jamaican  TEA”  with Jamaican Rosselle, a red concoction rich in vitamin C…. add a handful in boiling water … turn off the heat, steep , add sugar, ice and enjoy a tall cool drink…
In Australia an enterprising young group of people had turned their land to some exotic use… they used to put the whole red rosselle fruit in the wine bottles and /or syrup in such a way that they looked very beautiful at the bottom of the champagne glass when transferred from their bottle to the tall champagne glass… for a few years was very popular with Brides to be…   Do not know if they are still in business.
I have tried eating …cooked of  course the green tiny fruit… but is totally blah and too mucilaginous for my taste… I do make the jelly every year now…. yum…
Julia Morton has this to say about my plant: “The other distinct type of roselle, H. sabdariffa var. sabdariffa, embraces shorter, bushy forms which have been described as races: bhagalpuriensi, intermedius, albus, and ruber, all breeding true from seed. The first has green, red-streaked, inedible calyces; the second and third have yellow-green edible calyces and also yield fiber. We are dealing here primarily with the race ruber and its named cultivars with edible calyces; secondarily, the green-fruited strains which have similar uses and which may belong to race albus. “
So I guess my plant was the ruber race . (reference for Ms Mortons’ essay is her famous book:   Morton, J. 1987. Roselle. p. 281–286. In: Fruits of warm climates. Julia F. Morton, Miami, FL  via URL: http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/roselle.html
I present to you  red flowered red calyxed fruited plant, red fruits from the bazaar, green calyxed fruit from the market, and green fruited pink flowered plant from the local garden….
Ps … I promsed I’ll do it today … here is the red flower… of H. sabdariffa var. sabdariffa …..

… a beautiful colour … almost like vermilion, and anthers to complement with the shade of turmeric.


 

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Malvaceae Week- Hibiscus sabdariffa-Var Rubra..: I had seen this plant at Mizoram.
Bot. name: Hibiscus sabdariffa– Var. Rubra
Family: Malvaceae
Date: Nov-2008


Both flowers and leaves of this plant seems to be colorfull 


 

 

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Wild flower ID request – RK31 – 26-Oct-2012: Request id of this gorgeous flower growing wild in Vasai region. The plant is around 5 – 6 feet high and the stem / twigs bear small spines as seen in the 2nd photo. Thank you.


This is Hibiscus sabdariffa, an exotic grown for fibers. Tambdi Ambadi in marathi. 


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Ornamental Hibiscus for ID : Oman : 291012 : AK-1: Pictures taken yesterday of this cultivated, ornamental Hibiscus in Muscat. Date 28/10/2012.

Flowers smaller in size, fruit turning red in color. Leaves trifoliate.
Plant around 3 feet in height.
Experts kindly id please.


Spiny epicalyx tip, calyx red, somewhat fleshy, fused 1/3, I will go for Hibiscus sabdariffa


Thanks again for confirming this id too


 

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Request for ID – DS17022012:

Posting images of a fruit / vegetable – usually available in some Kolkata markets for very short time in January. My mum generally prepared a nice red coloured glossy jam from it- also cooked as chutney. I do not have the proper local name even – some says ‘tak dhyarosh’ or sour ladies finger. The fruit has a green round capsule inside and small white seeds resides within. Jam is prepared from the red fleshy covering.
As I found it in a market – I can not provide more details of the plant – these are the only images I managed.
Please provide me the proper botanical name and also local names , if possible. Also some guidelines where to get the saplings – and how to grow it.


Perhaps Hibiscus sabdariffa (family: Malvaceae)
commonly known as: Jamaica sorrel, Java jute, Pusa hemp, red sorrel, roselle, Thai jute • Assamese: টেঙা-মৰা tengamora • Bengali: lal mista • Gujarati: ખાટી ભીંડી khati bhindi, લાલ અંબાડી lal ambadi • Hindi: लाल अम्बाड़ी lal ambari, पटवा patwa • Kannada: ಪುಳಚಾರಕೆ ಪುಂಡಿ pulachaaraki pumdi, ಪುಂಡಿಬೀಜ pumdibija • Malayalam: puli-cheera • Manipuri: সিলো সৌগৰী silo-sougree • Marathi: लाल अंबाडी lal ambadi, तांबडी अंबाडी tambadi ambadi • Mizo: lekhar-anthur • Sanskrit: अम्बष्ठिका ambasthika • Tamil: செம்புளிச்சை cem-puliccai • Telugu: ఎర్ర గోంగూర erra gongura
Please wait for validating comments.


Yes, this is Hibiscus sabdariffa of the mallow family. Popularly known as ‘Gongura’ in AP and other southern states.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roselle_%28plant%29


 

 

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Does anybody know the name of this plant (scientific or otherwise) ?
I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!


it looks like young plants of Hibiscus sabdariffa-the ‘Gongura’ of Andhra.


i think this is some kind of hibiscus sp.


 

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ID Request 061013SG : Attachments (2). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Please help identify bush nearly 4-5ft high with flower seen in a thick bush in wild at Dhavlas, Maharashtra.
Photographed 4Oct13.


Hibiscus sabdariffa or Lal Ambadi, usually seen as an escape. 


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Requesting ID of this vegetable – Mumbai – Sep 2013 :: 27022014 :: ARK-17 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).

Requesting to please ID this vegetable. I have not seen the complete plant, the pic is of the leaf that we got from the market as a leafy vegetable.
It is called ‘ambadi’ in Marathi and is very very sour in taste, you have to add a lot of jaggery to the vegetable while cooking.
I am confused whether this is Hibiscus cannabinus or Hibiscus sabdariffa or something else. Kindly ID.


Hibiscus ?subdariffa


it is Hibiscus Sabdariffa.


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Flower for Id- ID05022015SH2 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)

Flower for Id pl.
Location – Vasai (Maharashtra).
Date- 15.12.2013
Habitat –Wild


looks like the fruits of Hibiscus subdarifa…..


 

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Malvaceae Fortnight :: Hibiscus sabdariffa :: Mizoram:: PKAJUL03 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Hibiscus sabdariffa at “Luangmual, Aizwal, Mizoram”.


white stuff in background is clouds/mist? how high up were you?


Hibiscus sabdariffa L.

planted at Yeoor Hills on October 22, 2011

planted at Yeoor Hills on November 20, 2010 


Very beautiful, never seen ..thanks …


 

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Fwd: pls help me in identifying these plants- Mew 111015- 1 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)


The first one is well known Hibiscus cannabis (the leaves used to prepare acidic chutny in the southern states)


Hibiscus cannabinus. notice the spelling


Hibiscus radiatus, perhaps.


H. sabdariffa. I find both plants to be same.


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Flower for Id- ID23102015SH1 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)Picture of flower for Id pl.
Location – Pune
Date- September 2015

Habitat –Wild


wild bhindi. hibiscus sabdariffa i think. good source of vit c if its the roselle. lets wait for experts 


But …, in roselle (Wild bhindi),the flowers are yellow coloured ?


roselle …i have never seen yellow flowered roselle
wild bhindi  to me is a loosely used term that describes roselle and other non-cultivated bhindi … not very scientific… but then i like it as a quick recognition tool and then go forward…
in this case we went to h. sabdariffa s my id for it..

wild bhindi from north india seem to have yellow flowers I think Balkar had shown some here in the past you may want to go to this site (our website and search) efi thread


Appear like Hibiscus sabdariffa as per images at this link.

Seen growing in a field in Nov, 19.

Hibiscus sabdariffa?


Yes, Hibiscus sabdariffa 


 

 
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