Sesamopteris alata (Thonn.) DC.
Sesamum gracile Endl.
Sesamum pterospermum R.Br.
Sesamum rostratum Hochst.
Sesamum sabulosum A.Chev.
Simsimum rostratum Bernh.
Volkameria alata (Thonn.) Kuntze
Sesamum alatum is an erect, annual plant with a stem up to 1.5 metres tall that can be unbranched or sparsely branched[
The plant is mainly harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine. It is often allowed to grow in fields amongst other crops and it is cultivated as a food crop in Ghana, E Sudan and Angola[
Tropical Africa - widely distributed in the drier areas if Africa from Senegal to Ethiopia and south to S. Africa.
Dry savannah; it is often common around villages and is sometimes tolerated as a weed in fields[
]. It is often found on sandy soils, in river beds, grassland and open bushland, or as a weed in fields, often in cultivated sesame[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Semi-cultivated, Wild
A plant of the drier tropics.
The plant is sometimes a weed within its native range[
Leaves and young shoots - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
]. Fruits are eaten in Sudan and are used for oil production.
Seed - cooked as a relish or boiled with pumpkin leaves and served with a staple food.[
]. They are ground into a flour and used in soups etc[
An oil is extracted from the seeds[
The seed is used as an aphrodisiac and to cure diarrhoea and other intestinal disorders[
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