An updated overview on Abelmoschus moschatus.
Abelmoschus moschatus (L.) Medik (Family: Malvaceae) is an annual or biennial, erect, hispid herb or undershrub (commonly known as ambrette), yields ambrette oil (essential oil) from outer layer of seed coat which finds application both in flavour and fragrance formulations not withstanding its profound significance in therapeutic as well as ethnobotanical uses. The species is also examined as a non-traditional edible oil crop. Although the plant species possesses immense commercial potentiality but lack of sustainable cultivation seems to be affecting ambrette seed production and subsequently trade. An updated overview on A. moschatus is reported involving nearly all essential aspects to provide the available information and to generate interest among researchers for its effective cultivation and utilization for human benefit.