Ruta chalepensis

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Ruta chalepensis
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Rutaceae
Genus: Ruta
R. chalepensis
Binomial name
Ruta chalepensis
Ruta chalepensis distribution.svg
Dried fruits.

Ruta chalepensis is a species of flowering plant in the Rutaceae family known by the common name fringed rue.[1] It is native to Eurasia and North Africa. It has been found elsewhere as an introduced species. It is a perennial herb growing up to 80 centimeters tall. The leaves are compound, each divided into several segments which are subdivided into smaller leaflets. The inflorescence is a cluster of flowers, each with four or five bright yellow petals with rolled, fringed edges. The fruit is a textured capsule which is divided into pointed lobes.

In traditional herbal medicine, the plant is used as for a number of ailments, such as fever and inflammation.[2]

Ruta chalepensis is the original source of the chemical compound chalepensin.[3]


  1. ^ USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Ruta chalepensis". The PLANTS Database ( Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  2. ^ al-Said, M. S., et al. (1990). Studies on Ruta chalepensis, an ancient medicinal herb still used in traditional medicine. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 28:3 305-12.
  3. ^ Brooker, Robert M.; Eble, John N.; Starkovsky, Nicolas A. (1967). "Chalepensin, chalepin, and chalepin acetate, three novel furocoumarins from ruta chalepensis". Lloydia. 30 (1): 73–77.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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