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Reseda pruinosa Del., Fl. Egypte 15. 1813; Hook. f. & Thomson in Fl. Brit. India 1:181.1874.


Herbs, perennial, 40 - 70 cm high; stem and branches pruinose to densely papillose. Leaves linear to lanceolate, 2 - 8 x 0.8 - 1.5 cm, upper leaves 3 - 5-partite with linear segments. Flowers small, subsessile, in dense up to 30 cm long terminal racemes; bracts subulate, 1.5 - 4 mm long, caducous; pedicels ca 2 mm long in fruit. Sepals 5 - 6, elliptic, ca 1 mm long, caducous, membranous along margins. Posterior petal with 7 - 9 (-10) linear to spathulate. segments, the median petal slightly larger than laterals and often 3 - 4 -fid; appendage ca 1.5 mm long, more or less the size of petal or shorter. Ovary contracted below the stigmatic lobes. Capsules erect, oblong, subglobose to obovoid, 3 - 5 mm long with 3 blunt stigmatic lobes; seeds less than 1 mm long, rugose, shiny black when mature.

Fl. & Fr. Oct. - June.

Distrib. India: Punjab and Rajasthan.

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and W. Asia to Egypt.




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