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.

Zambia: 5 genera and 12 taxa.

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GenusContent
Ceratotheca Endl.Description
Dicerocaryum BojerDescription, Image
Harpagophytum DC. ex Meisn.Description, Image
Pterodiscus Hook.Description, Image
Sesamum L.Description, Image

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: cultivated Pedaliaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pedaliaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Pedaliaceae

External websites:

GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Pedaliaceae
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Family page: Pedaliaceae.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=168, retrieved 13 December 2018

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