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An annual (Sesamum indicum) growing to 60 cm/2 ft, probably native to SE Asia; leaves opposite and usually lobed below, alternate above; flowers c.3 cm/1¼ in long, white, usually marked with purple or yellow, solitary in the leaf axils; fruit an oblong capsule. It is cultivated in warmer countries for its seeds, which are used for baking and as a source of oil in margarine, soap manufacture, and cosmetics. (Family: Pedaliaceae.)

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