New record of three taxonomic varieties of wild okra (Abelmoschus Medik.) for Eastern India

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Keywords: n Abelmoschusn , Eastern India, New record, Odisha, Scanning electron microscope


While exploring for germplasm collection and distribution of Abelmoschus in India, the occurrence of three taxonomic varieties of wild okra viz. Abelmoschus angulosus var. grandiflorus, A. tuberculatus var. deltoidefolius and A. tuberculatus var. tuberculatus were reported for the first time from the state of Odisha. After critical review of published literature on distribution, their natural occurrence in Odisha was found to be new records for Eastern India. Information on detailed diagnostic description, ecology/habitat, germplasm collected and conserved, field photographs along with scanning electron microscopy of seeds were presented for easy identification and further utilization. The precise information on micro-morphology of seeds using scanning electron microscope was very useful for critical study on the surface pattern and trichome structure to substantiate taxonomic attributes for identification of inter- and intra-specific taxa of Abelmoschus reported herein.

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The authors are grateful to the Director, ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi for approving the exploration mission for germplasm collection of wild relatives of Abelmoschus in parts of Odisha and providing research facilities during the course of investigation. The first author is thankful to the tribal informants of Kendujhar district, Odisha, who participated in the exploration programme and voluntarily shared their valuable indigenous knowledge on the local use of wild okra.

Author Information

Misra R. C.
Exploration Base Centre, ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, N.R.R.I. Campus, Cuttack, India
Dehury S.
Vasundhara, Dash Mohapatra Complex, KIIT, Bhubaneswar, India

Dash S. K.
Central Instrumentation Facility, Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, India

Ahlawat S. P.
Division of Plant Exploration and Germplasm Collection, ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi, India