Sesamum indicum

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Name and publication

Sesamum indicum L., Sp. Pl. 2: 634 (1753).


Fruits of sesame occasionally appear in imported potpourri, usually bleached or dyed. These papery capsules have poricidal dehiscence into four locules, 1.5-2.5 cm long x 5-7 mm wide, on a 5-10 mm long stalk.

Nativity and distribution

Sesamum indicum is probably native to Africa or Asia but widely cultivated.