Indian Sesame Oil Plant
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Indian Sesame Oil Plant
ative Photo: Anantanarayanan Rajaram
Common name: Indian Sesame Oil Plant • Tamil: பேரெள் Peerel
Botanical name: Sesamum prostratum    Family: Pedaliaceae (Sesame family)
Synonyms: Sesamum laciniatum, Volkameria prostrata, Volkameria laciniata

Indian Sesame Oil Plant is a prostrate herb, about 50 cm long, with stout rootstock. Leaves are elliptic with undulate margins. Older leaves are pinnately cut into lobes. Flowers are purple, 2x1 cm across. Flower tube is 2.5 cm long, with 1 cm long petals. Capsule is ovoid with 2 beaks at the tip, 1.5 cm long, 7 mm wide. Indian Sesame Oil Plant is found mostly in peninsular India and Srilanka. Flowering: September-December.

Identification credit: Vijayasankar Raman Photographed in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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