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Specimen numbers are hyperlinked to records in the Consortium of California Herbaria data view where possible. Taxa are hyperlinked to entries in the Jepson Interchange via the "[Online Interchange]" link.


Annual to perennial herb. Leaf: petioled or not; blade entire to deeply lobed. Flower: sepals 4–8, margins generally white; petals 4–6[8], base generally dilated, limb generally lobed; stamens 10–25[40], on prominent disk; stigmas 3–5. Fruit: capsule.
± 65 species: especially Europe, Mediterranean; cultivated as ornamental and naturalized widely. (Latin: to calm, from supposed sedative property)

Key to Reseda

1. Sepals and petals 4; leaf entire ..... R. luteola

1' Sepals and petals 5–6; leaf entire or lobed

2. Leaf pinnately lobed, lobes 4–11 per side; petals alike, ± equally 3-lobed; fruit 4-parted, with persistent filaments ..... R. alba

2' Leaf entire or 3- or pinnate-lobed, lobes 0–3 per side; petals not alike, entire to unequally 6-lobed; fruit 3-parted, without persistent filaments

3. Leaf pinnately lobed, lobes 1–3 per side; bracts not persistent; pedicel 2–4.5 mm; stamens 14–17; seed 1.5–1.7 mm, smooth ..... R. lutea

3' Leaf entire to 3-lobed, lobes 0–1 per side; bracts persistent; pedicel 4–12 mm; stamens 20–25; seed 2–2.2 mm, rough ..... [R. odorata]


Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) [year] Jepson eFlora, [accessed on month, day, year]
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