Abelmoschus esculentus (Okra, Lady's finger) | BCH-ORGA-SCBD-115629 | Organism | Biosafety Clearing-House

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Organism (ORGA)

last updated: 03 Jul 2020
Organism information
Abelmoschus esculentus
Kingdom Plantae
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Malvales
Family Malvaceae
Genus Abelmoschus
Species Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench
  • Hibiscus esculentus L.
  • Okra
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  • Lady's finger
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Crops
Domesticated
Characteristics related to biosafety
Two theories:
i) Africa (Egypt or Ethiopia); or
ii) Northern India
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Okra requires a long, warm and humid growing period. It can be successfully grown in hot humid areas. It is sensitive to frost and extremely low temperatures. For normal growth and development a temperature between 24°C and 28°C is preferred. At higher temperatures beyond 40°–42°C, flowers may desiccate and drop, causing yield losses (from the biology document for okra).
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Okra is cultivated globally from Mediterranean to equatorial areas.
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  • Food
Additional Information
Due to the large number of chromosomes and polyploidy, a whole genome sequence has not yet been elucidated.
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