Sesamum angolense Welw.

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Sesamum angolense

Katanga Province, DRC
Feb 2008
Photo: Jos Stevens

Sesamum angolense

Katanga Province, DRC
Dec 2007
Photo: Jos Stevens

Sesamum angolense

Katanga Province, DRC
May 2008
Photo: Jos Stevens

Sesamum angolense

Katanga Province, DRC
Dec 2007
Photo: Jos Stevens

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Synonyms: Sesamum macranthum Oliv.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect annual or perennial herb, 0.8–3 m high, with an unpleasant smell. Leaves subsessile or shortly petiolate; narrowly oblong, narrowly elliptic or oblanceolate, 2–11 cm long, usually mucronate at the apex, discolorous, densely white woolly beneath; margin entire. Flowers reddish, pink, or pale mauve with darker markings; calyx lobes narrowly lanceolate or narrowly ovate, 5–10 mm long, pubescent; corolla, 3.5–7 cm long, 2–3 cm in diameter at the throat. Capsule narrowly oblong in lateral view, more or less, 4-angled, 18–28 mm long, rather densely pubescent, gradually narrowed into a flattened rather broad and short beak.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: angolense: of Angola
Habitat: In open woodland, grassland, along roadsides and in abandoned cultivation.
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Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Antigastra catalaunalis (Larval food plant)
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Content last updated: Friday 16 November 2018

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 140 - 141. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 94.

Ihlenfeldt, H.-D. (1988). Pedaliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Page 98. (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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 83.

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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 angolense., retrieved 26 June 2024

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