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Reseda Linn., Sp. Pl. 448. 1753. Gen. Pl. ed. 5.207.1754; Mueller, Monog. Resed. 96.1857; Boiss., Fl. Or. 1:423.1867; Hook. f. & Thoms. in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 1:181.1872; Cooke, Fl. Bomb. Presd. 1:49 1901; Coode in Davis, Fl. Turk. 1:499.1965; Yeo in Tutin et al, Fl. Eur. 1:346.1964; M. Zohary, l.c. 331.

Reseda pruinosa

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

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.

A genus with c. 60 species in Europe, N. Africa, W. Asia and USA. Represented in Pakistan by 4 species.

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

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