7777.000 Sesamum L.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial, erect herbs. Leaves variable; lamina ranging from entire to digitate. Flowers solitary in the axils with prominent extra-floral nectaries at the base. Corolla white, pink dark red or purple; limb ± 2-lobed. Fruit a dehiscent non-woody capsule, beaked at the apex, but without sideways-directed horns. Seeds winged or with a double, rarely single, edge.

Derivation of name: Greek and Latin name for the edible Sesame

Worldwide: 15 species in the tropical Old World and S Africa

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

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SpeciesContent
indicum L.

Other sources of information about Sesamum:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Sesamum
Flora of Caprivi: Sesamum
Flora of Malawi: Sesamum
Flora of Mozambique: Sesamum
Flora of Zambia: Sesamum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sesamum

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Sesamum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Sesamum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Sesamum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sesamum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sesamum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Sesamum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1315, retrieved 25 July 2016

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