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Genus Reseda Family Resedaceae

Description: Perennial [or annual] herbs, mostly with basal rosettes and ribbed stems with decurrent leaves reducing in size up the stem.

Inflorescence dense, elongate. Petals clawed and often winged below, petals variously and deeply lobed above. Stamens usually 12–25; filaments 2–4 mm long, anthers versatile. Ovary usually with 3 apical teeth.

Capsule gaping open at apex; seeds numerous.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 55 species from the Mediterranean region to Asia. Australia: 4 species (naturalized).

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves unlobed or with basal teeth; capsule more or less globose, 5 mm long; sepals and petals mostly 4Reseda luteola
Leaves commonly 3-lobed; capsule oblong, 10–15 mm long; sepals and petals mostly 6Reseda lutea

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