Sesamum alatum Thonn.

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Sesamum alatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Sesamum alatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Sesamum alatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

Sesamum alatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road Northwest of Tembwahata, Gona-rhezou National Park.

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Synonyms: Sesamopteris alata (Thonn.) DC.
Sesamum ekambaramii Naidu
Sesamum gracile Endl.
Sesamum pterospermum R. Br.
Sesamum rostratum Hochst.
Sesamum sabulosum A. Chev.
Simsimum rostratum Bernh.
Volkameria alata (Thonn.) Kuntze
Common names: Guzozo (Shona) Winged-seed sesame (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Erect annual herb, 50-150 cm. Leaves heteromorphic: lower leaves 3-5-foliolate or very deeply divided with narrow, linear-lanceolate lobes; upper leaves simple, glabrous, except for some mucilage glands; margin entire. Flowers 3.5 cm in diameter, reddish pink with darker lines in the lower corolla lobe. Fruit a obconical, beaked capsule. Seeds winged at both ends.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: alatum: winged
Habitat: In sandy soils along roadsides, in grassland and river beds.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa to Namibia and South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
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Images last updated: Friday 13 February 2015
Literature:

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 186. (Includes a picture).

Ihlenfeldt, H.-D. (1988). Pedaliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Pages 103 - 105. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 289. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 92. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 120, plate 161

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 92.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sesamum alatum
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West African Plants database: Sesamum alatum


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: Species information: Sesamum alatum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=152520, retrieved 27 July 2016

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