Mignonette Family

Annual or perennial herbs or occasionally shrubs. Leaves alternate, entire to deeply divided; stipules small, gland-like. Flowers radially symmetrical, bisexual, stamens and fruit some­times shortly stalked. Sepals and petals mostly 6 but often 4-8, unequal, yellow to white, the larger ones usually fringed. Petals usually with a scale-like appendage at the base. Stamens 3-40, filaments free or fused at the base. Carpels mostly 2-6, and generally fused. Ovary superior; ovules with parietal placentation. Fruit a capsule, open at the top, or berry.

Petals with a scale-like appendage at the base, fringed in cultivated species; open fruit.

6 genera with about 70 species from the northern hemisphere, mostly Mediterranean.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Resedaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Brassicales
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
genus        Reseda L.