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Published In: Species Plantarum 1: 448. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
General/Distribution: A genus with c. 60 species in Europe, N. Africa, W. Asia and USA. Represented in Pakistan by 4 species.


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Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves entire, lobed or pinnatisect. Flowers in terminal racemes. Sepals usually 4-7. Petals as many as the sepals, entire or shizopetalous, with a basally attached appendage. Stamens 10-40, inserted on a broad disc. Ovary sometimes stipitate. Capsule indehiscent, open at the top, apex 3-4-lobed. Seeds many, reniform to subglobose, rugose, scrobiculate or granulate.

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1 Pedicel less than 4 mm long in fruit. Flowers not Fragrant. Margin of the petal appendage smooth to asperulous (2)
+ Pedicel more than 5 mm long in fruit. Flowers fragrant. Margin of the petal appendage fimbriate Reseda odorata
2 (1) Capsule with 4-5 stigmatic lobes
+ Capsule with 3 stigmatic lobes (3)
3 (2) Sepals and petasl 5-merous. Posterior petal appendage 1-nerved, lobes pinnatisect (4)
+ Sepals and petals 4-merous. Posterior petal appendage 2-nerved, lobes pinnatifid Reseda luteola
4 (3) Plants pruinose to papillose. Leaves linear to lanceolate, upper ternate. Filaments deciduous
+ Plants glabrous to minutely papillate. Leaves obovate to lanceolate, upper rarely divided. Filaments persistent Reseda aucheri
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