Reseda luteola L.


Sp. Pl. 448 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect perennial, to 150 cm high; glabrous. Leaves simple, decurrent, to 15 cm long; rosette leaves oblanceolate, more or less petiolate, margins sometimes undulate or slightly toothed near base; upper leaves linear-lanceolate to narrowly ovate, sometimes apiculate. Bracts persistent; pedicels 1–3 mm long; sepals 4(–5), ovate-elliptic, 1–3 mm long, persistent; petals 3 or 4, pale yellow, larger petal usually 5–7-lobed, to c. one-third of petal length, lobes broad, variously incised, other petals 1–3-lobed; stamens 10–32; filaments persistent. Capsule subglobose, 3–4 mm long, 3-toothed, deeply furrowed, summit usually open; seed smooth, shiny. Flowers most of year.

*CVU, *DunT, *EGL, *EGU, *Glep, *Gold, *HNF, *LoM, *MonT, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *OtR, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. Naturalized all States except NT. Native from Europe to Afghanistan. Widespread weed of road verges, pastures and river-banks.

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


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Reseda luteola in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Reseda luteola in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present introduced
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Otway Ranges present naturalised
Monaro Tablelands present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory