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Latakasturi

Latakasturi

Ambrette Plant, Musk Mallow
Latin name: Abelmoschus moschatus Malvaceae, Hibiscus abelmoschus Linn.
Sanskrit/Indian name: Latakasturi, Gandapura, Kasturilatika, Kasturidana, Muskadana

General information:
Musk mallow seed oil was once frequently used as a substitute in perfumes for animal musk; however this use is now mostly replaced by various synthetic musks due to its high cost.

It has many culinary uses. The seeds are added to coffee; unripe pods ("musk okra"), leaves and new shoots are eaten as vegetables.

Different parts of the plant have uses in Ayurveda herbal medicine.

In industry the root mucilage provides sizing for paper; tobacco is sometimes flavoured with the flowers.