Ruta chalepensis L., Mant. Pl. 69 1767. (Syn: Ruta bracteosa DC.; Ruta chalepensis subsp. bracteosa (DC.) Batt.; Ruta chalepensis var. bracteosa (DC.) Boiss.; Ruta chalepensis var. intermedia Rouy; Ruta chalepensis var. jacobaea Maire; Ruta chalepensis subsp. latifolia (Salisb.) H.Lindb.; Ruta chalepensis var. pellucido-punctata Sennen; Ruta chalepensis var. tenuifolia Dum.d’Urv.; Ruta latifolia Salisb.; Ruta macrophylla Moris; Ruta punctata Presl ex Mert. & Koch; Ruta tenuifolia Bubani; Ruta ulyssiponensis Houtt.);
Macaronesia, Medit.: Albania, Algeria, Azores, Baleares, Canary Is., Cape Verde, Corse, Cyprus, East Aegean Is., France, Greece, Italy, Kriti, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Madeira, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Sardegna, Sicilia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, Yugoslavia; Introduced into: Angola, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, California, Chile Central, Chile North, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Gulf of Guinea Is., Haiti, Juan Fernández Is., Leeward Is., Mexican Pacific Is., Mexico Central, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southwest, Oman, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Socotra, Texas, Yemen as per POWO;
Albania, Baleares, Corsica, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Portugal, Sardinia, Sicily, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Turkey (N-Anatolia, NE-Anatolia, S-Anatolia, SSW-Anatolia), Cyprus (E-Cyprus, N-Cyprus, S-Cyprus, W-Cyprus), Greece (incl. Kiklades), Crete, East Aegaean Isl., Rhodos, Israel (coastal W-Israel, Rift Valley, N-Israel), Jordania (W-Jordania), Lebanon (C-Lebanon, coastal W-Lebanon), Oman (Mascat & Oman), Saudi Arabia (C-Saudi Arabia, Hejaz, Asir), Sinai peninsula (N-Sinai), Syria (coastal W-Syria, C-Syrian Desert, NW-Syria), Yemen (N-Inner Yemen, SW-Yemen, W-Yemen), Angola (I), Sao Tome (I), Azores (Santa Maria Isl., Sao Miguel Isl., Terceira, Graciosa, Sao Jorge, Pico), Madeira (Madeira Isl., Ilhas Desertas, Porto Santo Isl.), Canary Isl. (Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Gomera, Hierro, La Palma Isl.), Cape Verde Isl. (Santo Antao Isl., Ilha de Sao Nicolau, Ilha de Sao Tiago), India (I), USA (I) (California (I), Texas) (I), Costa Rica (I), Ecuador (I), Java (I), Vietnam (I), Peru (I), Puerto Rico (I), Chile (I), Belize (I), Haiti (I), Dominican Republic (I), Virgin Isl. (I), Cuba (I), Nicaragua (I), Mexico (I), Juan Fdz. Isl. (I), Argentina (I), Colombia (I), Bolivia (I), Honduras (I) as per Catalogue of life;
Difference from Ruta graveolens as per Flora of Chania;
Fringed Rue;


Request ID of this plant.
Date/Time – 14/02/10 – 10.30am
Location – Lalbagh Nursery, Bangalore

Habitat – Garden
Plant habit – Lanky shrub

Ht – Not sure -could grow tall left to itself

Ruta chalepensis (= R. graveolens).
[Note: I was thinking these two names are synonyms. But GRIN treats them separate. Any comments please?]

The two plants Ruta chalepensis and Ruta graveolens appear same to me
– I would love to be enlightened on this.

Ruta graveolens L. Sp. Pl. 1: 383. 1753
Ruta chalepensis L. Mant. Pl. 69. 1767
I dont know if they are synonyms or not, but if they are then Ruta graveolens should have been an accepted name.
Then I found another
Ruta chalepensis Wall. Numer. List [Wallich] n. 7113.
Please comment!!

Ruta graveolens L.


Ruta graveolens L. Sp. Pl. 1: 383. 1753
Type: Lectotype – Herb. Linn. No. 537.1 (LINN)
Image of type attached.

Ruta chalepensis L.


Ruta chalepensis L. Mant. Pl. 69. 1767
Type: Lectotype – Herb. Linn. No. 537.4 (LINN)
Image of type attached.

Please have a look at these links for pictures:
Do you see any difference in the plants, particularly, check the flower close-up pics.
And why R. chalepensis is called as ‘fringed rue’ while the other sp is knows as ‘common rue’. May be the difference is in ‘fringe’d nature of petals???
I hope some of our recent floras treat them as synonym.

Pl see these pictures (source:
I think they are different, see the fringed petals in one and almost entire petals in the other.

A small potted plant in Pune University.
Herb, Flowers 1cm. Leaves characteristic as in picture.
The gardener told it to have medicinal properties.
Posting it out of curiosity. What can it be?

The plant in the attached photo is Ruta graveolens Fron the Family Rutaceae.

Now its known as Ruta chalapensis (= R. graveolens).

Rutaceae week: Ruta graveolens at Mumbai:
Sharing few photographs of “Ruta graveolensfrom Mumbai.
Family: Rutaceae.

These belong to Ruta chalepensis due to the fringed petals.
Petals in R. graveolens are entire.

Ruta species :: Mumbai :: ARKFEB-11 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)
Attached are some pics of Ruta species (labeled as such) clicked in the flower exhibitions held in Mumbai every year in January/February.
Is this Ruta graveolens?

This is  Ruta chalepensis L.
This species has often been confused with Ruta graveolens L.  by many Indian workers who reported it as such and attributed many of the properties known for the latter to it. In R.. chalepensis the petals have characteristic ciliate or fimbriate margins and the capsules are with very sharply pointed lobes, while in R. graveolens petals are with more or less undulate or denticulate margins, and the capsules have obtuse or bluntish lobes. 

Kindly identify this medicinal herb with pale green leaves photographed in July 2018 at the forest department nursery at Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh.

Ruta chalepensis L. [Rutaceae].

27012011GS1 ornamental from California for ID:
This ornamental was found growing in a Garden in California. The plant, a small her with pinnately cut leaves, with four fimbriate free petals, and 4 (-5) fused carpels, free towards the tip, style emerging from between the tips of carpels. I am unable to place it. 

If I am getting it right, this can be Ruta graveolens.

– Very common plant in South Karnataka.  I have one in my house.
This plant is grown as a repellent for snakes.

– Yeah it has a very strong smell….

Yeah it has a very strong smell….
Ruta graveolens.

This should be Ruta chalepensis as per details herein.

You are truly great, I just checked Bailey, Manual of cultivated Plants
1. Ruta graveolens: Petals entire or toothed, capsule lobes obtuse
2. Ruta chalapensis. Petals fringed, capsule lobes acute
It fits perfectly, thanks once again.

For me looking at the fringed petals it looks like R. chalepensis L. only.

Flora of Haryana: Ruta graveolens from TDL Herbal Park Yamunanagar:
Ruta graveolens
from TDL Herbal Park Yamunanagar
pls validate

Sir. Now I can recognize/ identify Common rue plant too.

This should be Ruta chalepensis as per details herein.

Ruta graveolens & Ruta chalepensis: I know that Ruta graveolens has 4-5 locules in fruits. How many locules in R. chalepsnsis. Is it three?
So, fruits with three locules are Ruta chalepsnsis and more than that is Ruta graveolens.

I had finally got the description of both species.
Ruta graveolens: petals margin entire, fruit tip is blunted and young vegetative parts has glandular multicellular trichome.
Ruta chalepensis has fringed petals, upwardly sharp fruits ends and glabraous leaves. 
Is anyone have seen or know about Ruta graveolens found anywhere in India, If so please reply.

Even I couldn’t find a reference (online) that describes both the species. Where did you find the key?
I have so far seen only plants with fringed petals i.e. Ruta chalepensis and yet to see the other species.

Ref: 1- http://www.flowersofchania.ruta_chalepensis.html


Ruta graveolens ‘Prostratus’

Rutaceae Week: Ruta graveolens from California and Delhi:
Ruta graveolens L., Sp. pl. 1:383. 1753
Common name: Common rue
Often cultivated in gardens. Photographed from California and Delhi

This should be Ruta chalepensis as per details herein.

Yes for Delhi plant, thanks …
This California Plant is Ruta graveolens ‘Prostratus’, here is enlarged flower portion from original photograph and UCBG label.


Rutaceae week : Ruta chalepensis Pune University.:
Rutaceae week : Ruta chalepensis Pune University.
Please validate.

Cant do a complete diagnosis… dont know all the rues …
…, I only can tell you that the leaves are similar to the herbal rue… Ruta graveolans, so are the green fruits and the cross on their tops… the flowers are just past their prime so cant read their petals…
I will upload my pic of rue presently for comparison…

Satap=in marathi?

This should be Ruta chalepensis as per details herein.


ID Request 211214SG : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Please help identify this herb 2-3’.  Photo taken on 9Dec14 at Dhavlas, Maharashtra.

Appears like Ruta graveolens..

Agree with …

This should be Ruta chalepensis as per details herein.

Ornamental Fragrant plant for identification 200912MK01:

Please help me to find this shrub grown in gardens. I saw this in temperate climates like Ooty (Nilgiris) and Valparai. Pleasant fragrance from leaves is characteristic and it is highly medicinal too.
I have not observed flowers or fruits. Leaf: 15x10cm.
Date: 26 Aug 2012
Place: Valparai, TN
Alt.: 1100 m asl

Look like Ruta chalepensis L. Please check.

Leaf shape is interesting!

Ruta for sure. I know this stinks very bad 😛

This is where a ruler or a fingernail, finger tip or a pen tip would have come very handy in absence of a ruler
this is a good example what to include in the pictures… which would help…
Rita diagnissi it seems needs flowers and seedpods… in absence if it… leaves, habit ie the whole plant… branching , leaf size bothe dorsal and ventral surface of the leaf… etc etc …
this is RUTA as … says…
for me, further diagnosis hampered by the size etc…
see photos from Berkeley :
seems quite different from the id proded here by some…


Ruta Species for ID : Bangalore : 08JUN20 : AK-13 : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
A cultivated plant.
For Species id please

The difference between Ruta chalepensis and Ruta graveolens was explained earlier, but I can’t recollect now.

Quoting … in an earlier post,
”These belong to Ruta chalepensis due to the fringed petals.
Petals in R. graveolens are entire.
So my plant should be Ruta graveolens.


Herb for ID from California-GS29042022-2: 5 very high res. images.
Please help with ID of this herb clicked from Sunnyvale, California, 20-11-2010.

A Ruta species. Probably Ruta chalapensis.

Yes …, fringed petals are distinctive.


Rutaceae: Ruta graveolens L.: 1 high res. image.
synonym: Ruta divaricata Tenore
location/date: Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, October 1994