Sesamum calycinum Welw.
subsp. pseudoangolense Seidenst.

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Sesamum calycinum subsp. pseudoangolense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Twentydales Extn, Epworth, Harare

Sesamum calycinum subsp. pseudoangolense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Twentydales Extn, Epworth, Harare

Sesamum calycinum subsp. pseudoangolense

Photo: Bart Wursten
Val D'Or

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Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Annual or perennial herb. Stems usually erect, sometimes somewhat scrambling. Leaves linear to narrowly lanceolate, normally glabrous, except for some mucilage glands; rarely pilose; margin entire. Flowers 2-5 cm, deep purple. Fruit a pubescent capsule, 1.5 - 2 cm, brown with a straight beak. See subsp. baumii for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: calycinum: calyx-like;
pseudoangolense: somewhat resembling Sesamum angolense
Habitat: In sandy soils along roadsides, in grassland and near the margins of vleis.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe only
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Endemic status: Endemic
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Images last updated: Tuesday 13 February 2007

Ihlenfeldt, H.-D. (1988). Pedaliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Page 100. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 66.

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sesamum calycinum
African Plant Database: Sesamum calycinum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sesamum calycinum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Sesamum calycinum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Sesamum calycinum
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iNaturalist: Sesamum calycinum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sesamum calycinum
JSTOR Plant Science: Sesamum calycinum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sesamum calycinum
Plants of the World Online: Sesamum calycinum
Tropicos: Sesamum calycinum
Wikipedia: Sesamum calycinum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Sesamum calycinum subsp. pseudoangolense., retrieved 17 April 2024

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