Botanical name: Sesamum laciniatum Family: Pedaliaceae (Sesame family)
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. Flowering: September-December.
Identification credit: Vijayasankar Raman
The flower labeled Indian Sesame Oil Plant is ...