Wing-Seed Sesame
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Wing-Seed Sesame
ative Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Wing-Seed Sesame
Botanical name: Sesamum alatum    Family: Pedaliaceae (Sesame family)
Synonyms: Volkameria alata

Wing-Seed Sesame is an erect annual herb, 50-150 cm. Leaves are heteromorphic, lower leaves 3-5-foliolate or very deeply divided with narrow, linear-lanceshaped lobes, upper leaves simple, hairless, except for some mucilage glands, margin entire. Flowers are 3.5 cm in diameter, reddish pink with darker lines in the lower petal. Fruit is a obconical, beaked capsule. Seeds are winged at both ends. Wing-Seed Sesame is native to Africa and Andhra Pradesh in India.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Tamil Nadu.

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