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Hibiscus sabdariffa - Roselle

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Roselle, Pundi

Roselle is a species of Hibiscus. It is native to West Africa. It is used for the production of bast fibre and as an infusion, in which it may be known as carcade.


Common cold, Weakness, Snakebites, Curing liver disorders, Skin eruptions, Blotches, Pimples, Diarrhea, Sore throats.


Hibiscus sabdariffa can be used in Food. Leaves are cooked as vegetable, fruits eaten raw.[1]

Parts Used

Sepal, Flowers, Roots, Seeds.

Chemical Composition

Per 100 g, the fruit contains 49 calories, 84.5% H2O, 1.9 g protein, 0.1 g fat, 12.3 g total carbohydrate, 2.3 g fiber, 1.2 g ash, 1.72 mg Ca, 57 mg P, 2.9 mg Fe, 300 mg b-carotene equivalent[2]

Common names

Language Common name
Kannada Kempupundrike, Plachakiri
Hindi Lal Ambari, Patwa
Malayalam Polechi, Puli-cheera
Tamil Simaikkasuru, Sivappukkasuru
Telugu Erragomgura, Erragonkaya
Marathi NA
Gujarathi NA
Punjabi NA
Kashmiri NA
Sanskrit Ambasthaki
English Roselle, Hibiscus, Jamaica sorrel


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








Nutritional components

Hibiscus sabdariffa Contains the Following nutritional components like - Vitamin- A, C, Thiamine (B1) Ribofl avin, Niacin (B3); Citric acid, Malic acid, Tartaric acid; Flavonoid glycoside such as cyanidin, delphindin; Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc[1]





Kind Shape Feature
Simple Leaves are usually alternate, 3 to 5 in (7.5-12.5 cm) long, green with reddish veins and long or short petioles



Type Size Color and composition Stamen More information
Unisexual 10–12 mm long Yellow and red 5 Flowers are axillary, solitary, regular, pedicellate


Type Size Mass Appearance Seeds More information
Dehiscent 18–20 mm long Fruit are 5-valved, non-fleshy, bright red ovoid capsule With hooked hairs 3-4 seeds {{{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

Soil preparation should be deep, about 20 cm, and thorough. Seed, 11–22 kg/ha depending upon the soil[4]. Roselle is available from October to December[1].

Commonly seen growing in areas

Temperate area, Tropical area, Subtropical area

Photo Gallery


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Forest food for Northern region of Western Ghats" by Dr. Mandar N. Datar and Dr. Anuradha S. Upadhye, Page No.91, Published by Maharashtra Association for the Cultivation of Science (MACS) Agharkar Research Institute, Gopal Ganesh Agarkar Road, Pune
  2. Chemistry
  3. Plant charecteristics
  4. Cultivation

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