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Abelmoschus esculentus 'Silver Queen'

Family Name: Malvaceae
Common Name: Lady's Finger, Okra
Full Sun: 6-8h Moderate Water Fruit & Vegetable Annual Herbaceous


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant
Lifespan (in Singapore) Annual
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Maximum Height 1.8
Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width 0.6 to 0.9


Native Distribution Of horticultural origin
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Temperate

Description and Ethnobotany

Fruits The cylindrical, pale green pods taper to a blunt point. They grow up to 18 cm long, but are best eaten when about 8 cm long. 'Silver Queen' is an heirloom cultivar which is popular for its flavour and abundant production of fruit.
Cultivation Soak seeds in water for 24 hours before planting to improve seed germination. Fruit can be harvested from about 80 days after seed sowing.
Ethnobotanical Uses Edible Plant Parts (Edible Fruits)
Food (Fruit & Vegetable : The fruits are harvested early after about 3-5 days of development. They are well-known for containing a slimy mucilage.)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water

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Master ID 33994
Species ID 8410
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Species record last updated on: 26 November 2020.