Swaziland's Flora Database:
Sesamum alatum Thonn.
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Shrub
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: middleveld/lowveld
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Sesamum alatum - Erect, up to 45 cm high, slender, little or not branched, almost hairless. Basal leaves irregularly lobed, upper simple, narrow, up to 10 cm long x 4 mm wide, faintly toothed. Flowers solitary, axillary, stalk very short. Calyx deeply five-lobed, c 4 mm long, lobes pointed. Corolla rose-pink, up to 3 cm long, somewhat two-lipped; tube narrow, widening to bell-shaped, lobes short, broad, lowest longest, c 1,5 cm across. Stamens four, anthers two-chambered, tipped with small gland. Ovary partly partitioned into four chambers, ovules numerous. Fruit 3,5 cm long x 7 mm diam, tapering downwards with terminal beak which splits with rest of fruit.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.