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

Zambia: 7 taxa.

Sesamum calycinum subsp. baumii

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
alatum Thonn.BDescription, Image
angolense Welw.N,W,C,SLkDescription, Image
angustifolium (Oliv.) Engl.N,WLk
calycinum Welw. subsp. baumii (Stapf) Seidenst.B,SDescription, Image
calycinum Welw. subsp. calycinum W,SLk
indicum L.SDescription
triphyllum Welw. ex Asch.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Sesamum:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Sesamum
Flora of Caprivi: Sesamum
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Sesamum
Flora of Malawi: Sesamum
Flora of Mozambique: Sesamum
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated 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: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Sesamum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1315, retrieved 22 April 2024

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