Comparative Studies of Physico-biochemical Parameters in Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench and A. moschatus (Moench)

Adelusi, A. A. ; Makinde, A. M. ; Folorunso, A. E. (2006)


Morphological features and nutritional composition were investigated in Abelmoschus esculentus (L.) Moench and A. moschatus (Moench). The seedlings, raised naturally on the field in sandy loam soil were analysed for height, length of petiole, length and breadth of leaves, number of leaves per plant, number of buds and the fruits produced. Proximate analysis was also carried out to determine the chemical composition of the leaves as well as the fruits. The two okra species share similar attributes. Number of buds were positively correlated with fruit yield in A. esculentus. The basal portions of the fruit of both species are rich in carbohydrates and fibers. The leaves are rich in fats and crude protein.