Reseda odorata L.

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Common names: Common mignonette (English)
Frequency: Rare?
Status: Introduced
Annual herb to 30 cm. Leaves mostly simple, entire, oblanceolate. Flowers in fragrant, many-flowered, conical, terminal racemes; bracts persistent. Sepals 6. Petals 1.5-2.5 mm, yellow, 6 with numerous small lobes. Fruit pendulous, oblong, rugose.
Derivation of specific name: odorata: odorous, fragrant
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Worldwide distribution: Native of Egypt and eastern Libya; naturalized elsewhere.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,S
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Brickell, C. (ed.) (1996). Royal Horticultural Society: A-Z of Garden Plants Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London Page 863. (Includes a picture).

Maroyi, A. (2006). Preliminary checklist of introduced and naturalized plants in Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(2) Page 237.

Taylor, P. (1960). Resedaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 245.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Reseda odorata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Reseda odorata
African Plant Database: Reseda odorata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Reseda odorata
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Reseda odorata
Plants of the World Online: Reseda odorata
Tropicos: Reseda odorata
Wikipedia: Reseda odorata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Reseda odorata., retrieved 22 June 2024

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