Back to Biodiversity Explorer main pageGo to Iziko Museums of Cape Town home pageAbout Biodiversity Explorer - history, goals, etc.Send us your questions about southern African biodiversityPeople who have contributed content and images.Search Biodiversity Explorer

Genus: Reseda (mignonettes)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Rosids > Eurosid II > Order: Brassicales > Family: Resedaceae

Sixty-eight species, native to the Mediterranean region, Macronesia, Africa, Arabian Peninsula eastwards to northwestern India. One species, Reseda lutea (Wild mignonette), is native to southern Africa and an additional three species are cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Reseda lutea (Wild mignonette)


Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Reseda alba

Native to the Mediterranean region.


Reseda luteola (Dyer's rocket)

Native from Europe to Afganistan.


Reseda odorata (Mignonette)

Native to North Africa.




  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.


Contact us if you can contribute information or images to improve this page.

Biodiversity Explorer home   Iziko home   Search