Reseda alba L.

White Mignonette

Sp. Pl. 449 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect or spreading annual, or rarely perennial, to 70 cm high; stems glabrous. Leaves pinnately lobed; lateral lobes 7–19, mostly 5–15 mm long and 1–3 mm wide, scabrous or sometimes papillose along midrib, terminal lobe usually longer than lateral lobes, linear-elliptic; upper leaves smaller. Bracts persistent; pedicels 1–10 mm long; sepals 5, lanceolate, mostly 2–5 mm long, scabrous, persistent; petals 5, variously incised (usually 3-lobed) to half way or less, white or cream; central lobe usually longer than lateral lobes; stamens 10; filaments persistent. Capsule oblong, 4-angled, 6–12 mm long, 4-toothed, ribs scabrous; seed granular, dull. Flowers Aug.–Feb.

*Brid, *VVP. Also naturalised WA, SA, Tas. Native to Mediterranean region. Weed of near-coastal areas of southern Australia, naturalised near Portland, Williamstown and apparently Queenscliff.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Resedaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Brassicales
family Resedaceae
genus Reseda
Higher taxa
species Reseda alba L.


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Reseda alba in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Reseda alba in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Bridgewater present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia