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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE 1
  • SYNONYMS Hibiscus manihot, Abelmoschus mindanaensis
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low|Mid
  • FAMILY Malvaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Shrub
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Requires regular water
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Tolerates many soil types
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full sun to Partial sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE Highly salt tolerant
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED Requires good drainage
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Vegetative (cuttings)

Abelmoschus manihot
(Bele, Edible hibiscus, Tongan spinach, sunset muskmallow, manioc hibiscus)

This perineal shrub is edible, nutritious and easy to plant. Simply stick a bele stalk in soil, ensure some nodes are under the soil, water, and wait for it to root. It can be eaten raw or steamed like kalo, and is used for laulau or like spinach. Bele is reported to be an extremely nutritious superfood containing vitamins A and C, iron and some protein. Once classified in the hibiscus family, it has been reclassified to the Abelmoschus genus.

Plant Uses

  • Medicinal
  • Cultural significance
  • Edible
  • Hedge

Dangers

None