Resedaceae

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual or perennial herbs (in Australia). Leaves alternate, simple to lobed or divided, margins entire or crenate. Inflorescence a terminal raceme, simple or branched. Flowers pedicellate or subsessile in axils of bracts, bisexual, zygomorphic; sepals usually 4–6, inserted below or rarely on disc; petals alternate with sepals, 3–6, unequal, claw with scale-like appendage; disc off-centre, tubular or collar-shaped, surrounding and fused with filaments; stamens 7–40, usually surrounding ovary; ovary superior, usually of 3 or 4 united carpels, angled, gaping, unilocular with 3 or 4 apical tooth-like stigmas; placentation parietal; ovules numerous, pendulous. Fruit a dry, gaping, thin-walled capsule; seeds reniform.

6 genera, Mediterranean to India and throughout Africa; 1 genus naturalised in Australia.

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
Higher taxa
family Resedaceae
Subordinate taxa
genus Reseda