Genus:
Sesamum L.

Sesamum latifolium J.B.Gillett

This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to N. Uganda.

[FTEA]

Pedaliaceae, A. Bruce. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1953

Morphology General Habit
Erect herb, 60–120 cm. high; stems quadrangular, sulcate, more or less densely pubescent with brownish hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves generally heteromorphic, lower ones large, long-petiolate (8–20 cm.) ovate-cordate or 3-lobed, 8–13 cm. long, 9–18 cm. broad, cordate at the base, upper leaves smaller, 0.5–5 cm. petiolate, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, 2–5 cm. long, 0.7–4 cm. broad, sub-truncate or cuneate at the base, inconspicuously to coarsely serrate on the margin, acuminate at the apex, pubescent on both sides more densely so below and on upper leaves; mucilage glands present but not conspicuous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers pale pink or pinkish mauve; bracteoles conspicuous, pale brown, rather membranous, narrowly lanceolate, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx ultimately deciduous; lobes narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, rather similar to the bracteoles, about 5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla thinly pubescent and glandular outside, 2.5–2.8 cm. long, about 1 cm. broad at the throat.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary adpressed-pubescent, narrowly oblong, about 6 mm. long, gradually narrowed into the style.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule shortly pubescent, oblong-quadrangular, 4-grooved, 2.7–3.1 cm. long (incl. beak), about 0.5 cm. broad, unilaterally gibbous at the base, rather abruptly narrowed into a short beak at the apex up to 5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds not winged, about 3 mm. long, 2 mm. broad, faces foveolate, sides deeply pitted, margins sharply angled.
Habitat
Locally frequent among rocks in semi-desert scrub; 300-1300 m.
Distribution
K1 K2 U1

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda

Sesamum latifolium J.B.Gillett appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Thomas, A.S. [Th 3708], Uganda K000430494 holotype Yes
Thomas, A.S. [Th 3708], Uganda K000430495 holotype Yes

First published in Kew Bull. 8: 118 (1953)

Accepted by

  • Bruce, E.A. (1953). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Pedaliaceae: 1-21.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Gillett in Kew Bulletin 1953: 118 (1953).

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0