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 South Africa

Caprivi: 4 taxa.

Sesamum triphyllum

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

alatum Thonn.Description, Image
calycinum Welw. subsp. baumii (Stapf) Seidenst.Description, Image
schinzianum Asch.
triphyllum Welw. ex Asch.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Sesamum:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Caprivi: Genus page: Sesamum.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1315, retrieved 8 December 2023

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