Pedaliaceae R. Brown 1810
The Pedaliaceae is a small family of around 16 genera and 100 species of dicotyledenous flowering herbs and shrubs from sub-tropical to tropical desert and coastal habitats. Flowers often have a tubular form with prominent lips.
Stems and leaves often carry mucilaginous hairs and often bear fruit capsules or nuts with hooks, spikes or wings which are designed to catch on and attach to passing animals as a method of distributing the seed over substantial distances.
Sesamum indicum is cultivated for its edible oily sesame seeds.
Succulent genera: Proboscidea (Devil's Claw), Pterodiscus, Sesamothamnus. The genus Uncarina includes attractive flowering caudiciform shrubs.