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Sesamum indicum
Synonyms: S. orientale

Common Name(s): Sesame
Family: Pedaliaceae
Growth Habit: Annual
Growing Days: 140 to 180 (days)
Abs.Max=104° (F)    Opt.Max=86° (F)
Opt.Min=68° (F)    Abs.Min=50° (F)
Precipitation: 20 to 39 (in.)
Winter Minimum:
Soil pH: 5.5 to 7.5
Soil Texture/Type: Sandy loam or loam
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response: Long day, short day and day neutral
Light Intensity: Bright
Drought tolerant. Warm climate and long growing season (150 frost free days). Prefers deep soils of moderate fertility. Not salt tolerant.
Helminthosporium/Bipolaris, Rhizoctonia, Cercospora
Additive - flavoring, Food - pseudo cereal, Food - oil/fat
Subtropical, tropical-wet and dry, steppe and semi-arid
Geographical Origin:
Widely cultivated
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