Plants (L)

Name & image of plant

Plant taxonomy


Ladies' finger

  • Okra (scientific name: Abelmoschus esculentus) is known in many English-speaking countries as ladies' fingers
  • 'Abelmoschus' is New Latin from the Arabic 'abū I-misk' for 'father of musk'
  • The geographical origin of okra is disputed (South Asia, Ethiopia, West Africa)
  • It is a flowering plant in the mallow family, valued for its edible green seed pods


  • Lantana is a genus of about 150 species of perennial flowering plants in the family Verbenaceae
  • It is native to the tropical regions of the Americas and Africa
  • Its aromatic flower clusters (called umbels) are a mix of red, orange, blue, yellow, and white florets (although other colours exist)