Til (Sesamum indicum syn. of Sesamum orientale)

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J.M. Garg

Aug 1, 2008, 11:24:14 PM8/1/08
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On 20/7/08 in Agriculture University in Hyderabad, AP. 
There was initial confusion for Id as Shrikant ji's book gives it as syn. of  Sesamum orientale with pink corolla & deep purple marking on the lower longer lobe (which my picture doesn't have).
But the Wikipedia link as per details below & other similar pictures on the net clarified my doubts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sesame_seed

Sesame (Sesamum indicum) is a flowering plant in the genus Sesamum. The precise natural origin of the species is unknown, although numerous wild relatives occur in Africa and a smaller number in India. It is widely naturalized in tropical regions around the world and is cultivated for its edible seeds.

It is an annual plant growing to 50 to 100 cm (2-3 feet) tall, with opposite leaves 4 to 14 cm (5.5 in) long with an entire margin; they are broad lanceolate, to 5 cm (2 in) broad, at the base of the plant, narrowing to just 1 cm (half an inch) broad on the flowering stem. The flowers are white to purple, tubular, 3 to 5 cm (1 to 2 in) long, with a four-lobed mouth.

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Til (Sesamum indicum) in Hyderabad, AP I IMG_7991.jpg
Til (Sesamum indicum) in Hyderabad, AP I IMG_7992.jpg

J.M. Garg

Aug 2, 2008, 11:42:54 AM8/2/08
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There was correction in Shrikant ji's book which I didn't check up.
Here is a clarification:
"Dear Mr.Garg
Please look into the correction sticker sent with the books.  S. orientale (pink with purple lobe) has been corrected to S. mulayanum. The pale pink coloured plant you have got is S. indicum (syn S. orientale) which is an oilseed crop. S. mulayanum is a wild plant.Hope the matter is now clear. Regds
Shrikant Ingalhalikar"

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