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Useful Tropical Plants

Sesamum capense

Burm.f.

Pedaliaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Sesamum capense

General Information

Sesamum capense is an annual plant with a stem that can be unbranched or sparsely branched, growing from 15 - 200cm tall.
The plant is harvested from the wild, and also occasionally cultivated, for its edible seed, which is used locally.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southern Africa - Namibia, Botswana, S. Africa, Swaziland.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height1.00 m
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Wild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the drier areas of the subtropics, just entering the tropics in southern Africa. It is found at elevations from 500 - 1,500 metres[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Edible Uses

Seeds - cooked[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The small, light brown seeds are eaten with boiled maize[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

An oil is obtained from the seed[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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