Boenninghausenia albiflora (Hook.) Rchb. ex Meisn., Pl. Vasc. Gen. 44 1837. (Syn: Bodinieria thalictrifolia H.Lév. & Vaniot; Boenninghausenia albiflora var. brevipes Franch.; Boenninghausenia albiflora var. pilosa Z.M.Tan; Boenninghausenia brevipes (Franch.) H. Lév.; Boenninghausenia japonica Siebold ex Miq.; Boenninghausenia schizocarpa S.Y.Hu; Boenninghausenia sessilicarpa H.Lév.; Podostaurus thalictroides Jungh.; Ruta dampatis Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don (Unresolved); Ruta japonica Siebold ex Hook.f. (Unresolved);       Ruta albiflora Hook.);
Pakistan to Taiwan and Malesia: Assam, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Japan, Jawa, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sulawesi, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Vietnam, West Himalaya as per POWO;

Kalatope id al240811:
A common plant right now around here…
Location Kalatope, Chamba
Altitude 2100 mts
Habit herb
Habitat wild
Height 24-30 inches

It is Boeninghausenia albiflora of Rutaceae a very aromatic plant !

That was really very useful… if the chinese use as a flea repellent is actually true the it’ll solve a lot of problems in our library… 🙂

Is it pissumar Buti whose leaves used by locals as insect repelling agent?

Yes ..

Flora of Chakrata: Boenninghausenia albiflora from Mussorie Chakrata Road:
Boenninghausenia albiflora from Mussorie Chakrata Road 

Common Name- Pissoo mar Buti
Insecticidal plant

Highly aromatic plants belonging to family Rutaceae is commonly known as ‘Pissumar’ in Kumaouni possessing a strong repellent activity due to its aroma.


Rutaceae week: Bonengousenia albiflora at Mizoram:

Came across this plant at Mizoram. Bonengousenia albiflora
Family: Rutaceae.

Small spellings correction ….
Boenninghausenia albiflora

It extends from Kashmir in NW Himalayas to Bhutan in NE Himalayas. Quite common in hill stations Chakrata, Simla, Nainital, Almora, Ranikhet, and elsewhere.



Rutaceae Week: Boenninghausenia albiflora (Hook.) Rchb. ex Meisn. from Chakrata area:
Boenninghausenia albiflora (Hook.) Rchb. ex Meisn.

Common in Western Himalayas often growing on shaded moist areas, often confused with Thalictrum.
Locally known as Pisu mar Buti
Photographed along Mussoorie Chakrata Road near Baratkhai.


VOF Week: Thalictrum sp for ID?? along “Govindghat-Ghangaria Trail”:
Seen this Thalictrum sp.?? along Govindghat-Ghangaria Trail.

This is Boeninghausenia albiflora from Rutaceae

Yes … is right
Leaves often confuse, but flowers are distinctive with distinct sepals and petals (sepals very small, green; petals much longer white) and single long style emerging from flower.


VoF Week: Boenninghausenia albiflora from the way to Ghangriya:
Boenninghausenia albiflora from the way to Ghangriya


Good to see this quite different plant from VOF.
I think the first one from Rutaceae family.


ANDEC58 Boenninghausenia albiflora : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)
Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
November 2014

Yes, very nice pics … especially the fruits..

Yes, a plant with strong aroma. Never noticed fruits in wild. Thanks for showing.

*Boenninghausenia albiflora ABJUL01/27 : 7 posts by 4 authors. 6 images.
These white flowers are beginning to blossom in Dharamshala. I took some photos to share. Please correct me if I am misidentifying it.
Boenninghausenia albifloraHimalayan Rue
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
18 and 20 July 2016.

Thanks, …, for the beautiful & complete set.

Excellent photo Sir. Must have taken ages to get a good focus on these restless flowers!

Thank you once again … Restless is the right word to describe these beautiful yet tiny flowers. I use a manual focus lens, wait for my chance and am lucky sometimes.

very nice. its medicinal

I found this beautiful plant seeding and managed a couple of photos to share here. I could not manage a close up of the seeds but perhaps I will get the right conditions one day.
2 images.

Boenninghausenia albiflora AT MAR 2017/20 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)

Boenninghausenia albiflora (Hook.) Rchb. ex Meisn.
Syn.: Ruta albiflora Hook., B. japonica Siebold ex. Miq.
August 2016
People call is PISSUMAR BOOTI as it is used for repelling fleas from
places where cattle are kept. Some use it in headache.

Beautiful presentation, …

Fwd: Boeninghausenia albiflora? : 3 posts by 1 author.
Boeninghausenia albiflora?
Location: Arunachal Pradesh

Yes, you are right..

Sharing from google drive is not allowed. Pl. attach the images separately.

Hope these will serve the purpose. Attachments (3) – 1 MB or more

SK799 14 OCT-2017:ID : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Location :  Tatopani, Pokhara, Nepal
Date : 12 April  2017
Elevation : 5000 ft.

Looks like Boeninghausenia albiflora (Rutaceae). See in eFI.
White dlowered herb in back ground seems Stellaria latifolia.

Thank you …! Boenninghausenia albiflora (Hook.) Rchb. ex Meisn. 

Nepali Names: दाम्पाते Daampaate  / हिरिमिरी झार Hirimiree Jhaar / माखे माउरो Maakhe Maauro / आँकुरी Aankuree / कर्ना Karnaa / ग्वामे झार Gwaame Jhaar /  झिंगा झार Jhingaa Jhaar / जुमालो Jumaalo / जुमारी झार Jumaaree Jhaar / ज्वाने झार Jwaane Jhaar / किरे झार Kire Jhaar  / उरुसे झार Uruse Jhaar  / उपियाँ झार Upiyaan Jhaar 

Boenninghausenia albiflora (Hook.) Rchb. ex Meisn. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)
Location: Chobhar Height, Kathmandur , Nepal
Altitude:  4600 ft.
Date: 15 September 2016
Nepali Names : दाम्पाते Daampaate / आँकुरी Aankuree / हिरीमिरी झार Hireemiree Jhaar / माखे माउरो Maakhe Maauro  / ग्वामे झार Gwaame Jhaar / झिंगा झार Jhingaa Jhaar / जुमालो Jumaalo / जुम्री झार Jumree Jhaar / ज्वाने झार Jwaane Jhaar / कर्ना Karnaa/ किरे झार Kire Jhaar  / माउरो  मालो Maauro Maalo / उरुसे झार Uruse Jhaar / उपियाँ झार Upiyaa Jhaar

Boenninghausenia albiflora (Hook.) Rchb. ex Meisn. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)- around 400 kb each.
Location: Godavari, Nepal
Altitude : 5000 ft.
Date: 24 July 2018
Habit :  Cultivated

Saw these en route Ghangaria from Govindghat, Uttarakhand in Aug 2018.
Requested to please provide ID.

Some more pics attached.
Attachments (2)

Boenninghausenia albiflora (Hook.) Rchb. ex Meisn. [Rutaceae].

Boenninghausenia albiflora (Hook.) Rchb. ex Meisn. : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2) – 1 mb each.
Location: Okharpauwa, Newakot
Date: 17 October 2019
Elevation: 1712 m.
Habit : Wild


Boenninghausenia albiflora (Hook.) Rchb. ex Meisn.: 3 very high res. images.
Location: Dailekh, West Nepal
Altitude: 1353 m.
Date: 12 August 2021
Habit : Wild



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