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
Other sources of information about Sesamum:
Our websites:Flora of Botswana
: SesamumFlora of Caprivi
: SesamumFlora of Malawi
: SesamumFlora of Mozambique
: SesamumFlora of Zambia
: SesamumFlora of Zimbabwe
(electronic Plant Information Center): SesamumFlora Zambesiaca
web site: SesamumGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for SesamumIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): SesamumKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Sesamum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1315, retrieved 27 September 2016