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Abelmoschus moschatus - Latakasturi

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Latakasturi, Abelmoschus moschatus

Latakasturi is an aromatic and medicinal plant. it's family is Malvaceae. Latakasturi is a rich source of dietary fiber. It is native to india, commonly seen growing in Western ghats.


Fever, Controls hysteria, Stimulates sexual desire, Inflammation, Gastric, Blotches, Pimples, Diarrhea, Sore throats

Parts Used

Leaves, Roots, Seeds.

Chemical Composition

Roots, leaves, fruits and seeds contain mucilage. Leaves, flower petals and fruit husk contain ß-sitosterol and its glycosides. Flowers contain flavonoids, myricetin, its glucoside and cannabistrin and petals contain myricetin and its glucoside.[1]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Kaadukasthuri, Kasthuribende
Hindi Musk Dana
Malayalam Kaattu Kasturi, Kasturi Venda
Tamil Kattuk-Kasturi, Kasturivendai
Telugu Karpura-Benda
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Latakasturika, Latakasturi
English Ambrette, Musk Mallow


Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.



Tikta (Bitter), Madhura (Sweet), Katu (Pungent)


Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry)


Sheeta (Cold)


Katu (Pungent)


Kapha, Pitta



Perennial plant



Kind Shape Feature
Simple Alternate Leaves alternate, rough, hairy,heart-shaped or 3-7 palmately lobed with serrate margins and linear-oblong or triangular lobes, 4-10cm x 4-9 cm



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
bisexual 2-4cm long Yellow 8-12 Flowering is October and April in some places, depending on the timing of the wet season


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Hirsute 6-8 cm long Fruit a hirsute capsule, 6-8 cm long, ovoid-cylindrical With hooked hairs {{{6}}}

Other features

List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used

Where to get the saplings

Mode of Propagation

Seeds, Cuttings.

How to plant/cultivate

Easily grown in a rich well-drained soil in a sunny position.[3]

Season to grow

Soil type

Drained, Rich in nutrients.


Commonly seen growing in areas

Tropical area, Moist deciduous forests.

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