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(family Malvaceae)

A genus of trees and shrubs whose showy flowers have a prominent stamen tube. They are bird-pollinated. Several are widely cultivated, especially H. rosa-sinensis. Okra is the mucilaginous young fruits of H. (Abelmoschus) esculentus. There are about 200 species, with a pantropical distribution.

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