Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Metachlamydeae: Lamiales

Pedaliaceae - Sesame family

Ihlenfeldt, H.-D. (1988) Pedaliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3)

Description of the family

Spiny shrub or small tree (Sesamothamnus) or, more usually, annual or perennial herbs. Leaves opposite or subopposite (upper sometimes alternate) or fasciculate in the axils of spines (Sesamothamnus). Stipules 0. Flowers usually solitary in axils, bisexual, zygomorphic. Pedicels generally with nectar glands (extra-floral nectaries) originating from reduced flowers at the base, these appearing as shiny ± raised circular bodies. Calyx 5-partite. Corolla ± 2-lipped, 5-lobed, joined into a tube. Stamens 4, sometimes with an additional staminode. Ovary superior, usually 2-locular. Fruit often with horns, spines or wings.

Worldwide: 17 genera and 85 species in tropical and warm areas.

Caprivi: 1 cultivated genus and 5 cultivated taxa.

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Sesamum L.Description

Other sources of information about Pedaliaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Pedaliaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Pedaliaceae
Flora of Malawi: Pedaliaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Pedaliaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Pedaliaceae
Flora of Zambia: Pedaliaceae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Pedaliaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pedaliaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Pedaliaceae

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Cultivated plants: Family page: Pedaliaceae.
https://www.capriviflora.com/cult/family.php?family_id=168, retrieved 18 July 2024

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