Genus:
Sesamum L.

Sesamum triphyllum Welw. ex Asch.

This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.

[FZ]

Pedaliaceae, H. D. Ihlenfeldt. Flora Zambesiaca 8:3. 1988

Morphology General Habit
Erect annual herb, 0.25–2 m. high, bushy or simple-stemmed; glabrous except for the mucilage glands.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves heteromorphic; the inferior 3–foliate or 3–partite, sometimes with 1–2 additional irregular lateral segments, central lobe longest, 2–10 cm. long, with the leaflets or segments up to 2 cm. broad; superior leaves simple.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Nectaries
Extra-floral nectaries (in the Flora Zambesiaca area) usually single.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 2.5–4 cm. long, more or less funnel-shaped, mauve.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsules oblong in lateral view, abaxially gibbous at the base, c. 40 x 5–7 mm.; beak 6–8 mm. long, distinctly bent outwards (TAB. 23 fig. F); loculi sometimes with inconspicuous ribs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds more or less horizontal in the loculi, about 2.5 mm. x 1.7 mm.; wings, especially the two basal ones, inconspicuous; testa faveolate (TAB. 25. fig. F2).

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

English
Rain gauge, Wild sesame

Sesamum triphyllum Welw. ex Asch. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Aug 29, 2008 Crawford, F. [194], Namibia K000450275 No
Aug 29, 2008 Crawford, F. [194], Namibia K000450274 No
Sep 27, 2005 Fleck [274a], Namibia K000020007 Yes

First published in Verh. Bot. Vereins Prov. Brandenburg 30: 185 (1888)

Accepted by

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1988). Flora Zambesiaca 8(3): 1-118. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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