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1. Reseda Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 448. 1753.

木犀草属 mu xi cao shu

Herbs annual or perennial, erect or spreading, ± decumbent, rarely shrubs, pubescent or glabrous. Leaves entire to pinnatifid; stipules glandular. Flowers borne in racemes. Sepals 4-7. Petals 4-7, usually lobed, clawed at base. Stamens 7-40, forming a disc at base. Carpels 3-6, united at base; placentas 3-6; ovules numerous. Capsule 1-valved, opening widely at maturity.

About 60 species: E and N Africa, C and SW Asia, N Atlantic Islands, S Europe, widely naturalized elsewhere; three species (introduced) in China.

1 Leaves entire or toothed to parted; flowers white to light yellow or orange-red, fragrant; capsule pendulous   1 R. odorata
+ Leaves 3-5-parted or pinnatifid; flowers white, yellow, or yellowish green; capsule erect.   (2)
2 (1) Leaves pinnatifid; flowers white, sepals and petals usually 5; capsule 4-lobed at apex   2 R. alba
+ Leaves 3-5-parted or pinnatifid; flowers yellow or yellowish green, sepals and petals usually 6; capsule 5-lobed at apex   3 R. lutea

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