African Plant Database

Ruta chalepensis L.
Protologue : Mant. Pl. 69 (1767)
Information on the genus : Ruta
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Ruta chalepensis L. subsp. chalepensis
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Ruta bracteosa DC. (1824)
=Ruta chalepensis var. bracteosa (DC.) Boiss. (1867)
=Ruta chalepensis subsp. bracteosa (DC.) Batt. (1888)
=Ruta chalepensis var. tenuifolia d'Urv.
=Ruta chalepensis var. intermedia Rouy (1897)
=Ruta chalepensis var. jacobaea Maire (1927)
=Ruta chalepensis var. pellucido-punctata Sennen (1951)
=Ruta latifolia Salisb. (1796)
=Ruta chalepensis subsp. latifolia (Salisb.) H. Lindb. (1932)
Taxon infra-specific
Ruta chalepensis L. subsp. chalepensis
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Subshrub 20-45-100 cm tall, glaucous, strongly aromatic; leaves alternate, 2(-3)-pinnate; flowers yellow, bisexual, 5-merous, in terminal bracteate cymes, petals ciliate-fringed; capsule opening apically.
Ecology : Widely cultivated as a culinary herb in the Ethiopian highlands above 1500 m alt. – Also recorded in old fields from Angola (Mossamedes) by Welwitsch (Hiern. Cat. 1: 111, 1896), as R. graveolens.
  Often misnamed as R. graveolens L.
  Native of the Mediterranean or Middle East. Naturalized (and cultivated) in the Cape Verde Isl.; Oman.

Bibliography for North Africa :
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  • Cat. Pl. Maroc 2: 455 (1932). 
  • Fl. Algérie [Quézel & Santa] 2: 592 (1963).
  • Fl. Eur. 2: 227 (1968).
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Record n°89829 modified 2007-04-20
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