|Cow Okra Quick Facts|
|Scientific Name:||Parmentiera aculeata|
|Origin||Central America – Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador; Guatemala and Honduras. It has naturalized in Northern Australia.|
|Colors||Subcylindric, candle-shaped, 10–12 cm long, 7 cm wide|
|Shapes||Subcylindric, candle-shaped, 10–12 cm long, 7 cm wide|
Leaves are variable, trifoliate and opposite but pair of simple leaves in axils of trifoliate leaves. Leaf blades are 2-6 x 0.8-2.5 cm. Petioles are narrowly winged.
Flowers are large and about 4.5-6 cm long. Calyx is dark green and splits on one side. Corolla is pale green having purple or maroon stripes on lobes.
Fruits are 8-18 x 4-4.5 cm and somewhat fibrous. Seeds are patelliform about 3 mm in diameter.
Stems and Leaves
Stems are pale brown and covered with relatively smooth bark. Younger branches are hairless, green and rounded. Leaves are oppositely arranged and are compound having three leaflets and form on grooved stalks about 13-35 mm long. Leaflets are oval shaped and entire margins and have rounded or pointed tips.
- Aztecs use it for treating dropsy, renal disorders, colds, gastric, indigestion and ear infections.
- Consume the tea made from leaves for ear infections. Soak the cotton ball in the mixture and insert in the ear.
Consume it fresh, cooked or roasted or make preserves and pickles.