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Resedaceae Candolle ex Gray


Description from Flora of China

Herbs annual to perennial, rarely woody. Leaves alternate, entire to pinnatifid, with small, glandular stipules. Flowers bisexual, rarely unisexual, in terminal racemes or spikes. Sepals persistent, 4-7. Petals usually 4-7 or absent, entire or cleft, hypogynous or perigynous. Stamens 3-40, inserted on disc, exposed in bud; disc often eccentric; filaments free or connate at base; anthers 2-loculed. Carpels 2-6, free or united into a 1-loculed ovary; ovules numerous; placentation parietal or basal. Fruit a capsule or berrylike. Seeds numerous, reniform or suborbicular; endosperm almost absent; cotyledons curved.

Reseda chinensis Loureiro (Fl. Cochinch. 1: 299. 1790) and R. cochinchinensis Loureiro (loc. cit.) are both synonyms of Hypericum japonicum Thunberg (Clusiaceae) according to Merrill (Trans. Amer. Philos. Soc., n.s., 24(2): 267. 1935).

Chen Wei-chiu. 1984. Resedaceae. In: Fu Shu-hsia & Fu Kun-tsun, eds., Fl. Reipubl. Popularis Sin. 34(1): 1-6.

Six genera and ca. 80 species: Africa, C and SW Asia, Atlantic Islands, S Europe, SW North America, widely naturalized elsewhere; two genera (one introduced) and four species (three introduced) in China.

(Authors: Lu Lianli (Lou Lian-li); Nicholas J. Turland)

Lower Taxa


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