Sesamum alatum Thonn.

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Sesamum alatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Sesamum alatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Sesamum alatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Zvishavane - Mbalabala road

Sesamum alatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road Northwest of Tembwahata, Gonarezhou National Park.

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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: Winged-seed sesame (English)
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.
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
Botswana distribution: SE
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Content last updated: Friday 13 February 2015

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Flora of Caprivi: Sesamum alatum
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sesamum alatum
African Plant Database: Sesamum alatum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sesamum alatum
JSTOR Plant Science: Sesamum alatum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sesamum alatum
Plants of the World Online: Sesamum alatum
Tropicos: Sesamum alatum
Wikipedia: Sesamum alatum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Sesamum alatum., retrieved 20 July 2024

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