Sesamum alatum Thonn.

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Sesamum alatum

Ruderal area among short grasses and forbs on Kalahari sand
Mukamba Village, Luena, Kaoma Distr.
Mar 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

Sesamum alatum

Ruderal area among short grasses and forbs on Kalahari sand
Mukamba Village, Luena, Kaoma Distr.
Mar 2021
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Sesamopteris alata (Thonn.) DC.
Sesamum ekambaramii Naidu
Sesamum gracile Endl.
Sesamum pterospermum R. Br.
Sesamum rostratum Hochst.
Sesamum sabulosum A. Chev.
Simsimum rostratum Bernh.
Volkameria alata (Thonn.) Kuntze
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect annual herb, 50-150 cm. Leaves heteromorphic: lower leaves 3-5-foliolate or very deeply divided with narrow, linear-lanceolate lobes; upper leaves simple, glabrous, except for some mucilage glands; margin entire. Flowers 3.5 cm in diameter, reddish pink with darker lines in the lower corolla lobe. Fruit a obconical, beaked capsule. Seeds winged at both ends.
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Derivation of specific name: alatum: winged
Habitat: In sandy soils along roadsides, in grassland and river beds.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Tropical Africa to Namibia and South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B
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Content last updated: Monday 17 May 2021

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 186. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 51.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 33.

Ihlenfeldt, H.-D. (1988). Pedaliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Pages 103 - 105. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 289. (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.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 92. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 120, plate 161

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 92.

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Wikipedia: Sesamum alatum

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: Species information: Sesamum alatum., retrieved 20 February 2024

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