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Ruta chalepensis

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Family: RutaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key
Common Name: RUE FAMILY
Habit: Perennial herb, shrub, tree, strongly aromatic, occasionally thorny. Leaf: generally alternate, simple or compound, dotted with minute, translucent glands; stipules 0. Inflorescence: cyme, raceme, or flowers 1, generally bracted. Flower: generally bisexual; sepals, petals each 4 or 5, free or fused at base; sepals generally persistent; petals generally +- white or +- green; stamens generally 2--4 × petal number; ovary superior, generally lobed, chambers 1--5, ovules 1--several per chamber. Fruit: berry, drupe, winged achene, or capsule. Seed: generally oily.
Genera In Family: +- 158 genera, +- 1900 species: especially tropics, warm temperate, especially southern Africa, Australia; used or cultivated for food (Citrus, 20--25 species), perfume, medicine, timber, ornamental (Choisya, Skimmia, etc). Toxicity: Some TOXIC: oils may cause sunburn or dermatitis.
eFlora Treatment Author: Lindsay P. Woodruff & James R. Shevock, except as noted
Scientific Editor: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Genus: RutaView Description 

Common Name: RUE
Habit: Perennial herb, subshrub. Leaf: pinnately or ternately compound. Inflorescence: panicle or cluster, erect, terminal. Flower: petals 4--5, wavy to fringed; stamens 8 or 10, in 2 series; ovary chambers 4--5. Fruit: capsule, opening at tip, occasionally indehiscent, 4--5 lobed, leathery. Seed: several.
Species In Genus: 7 species: northwestern Africa islands, Mediterranean, southwestern Asia. Etymology: (Latin: classical name) Note: Cult for ornamental, flavoring, medicine.
Ruta chalepensis L.
Stem: 4--8 dm. Leaf: 2--3-pinnately divided, generally 10--20 cm, oblong in outline; segments generally 1--1.5 cm, narrowly elliptic, entire. Flower: petals 6--8 mm, yellow, margins inrolled, fringed. Fruit: lobes 7--8 mm long, tips pointed. Seed: angled, tubercled, +- brown.
Ecology: Uncommon. Disturbed places; Elevation: generally < 500 m. Bioregional Distribution: s CA-FP, esp near coast; Distribution Outside California: native to Mediterranean. Flowering Time: Mar--Aug Note: Ruta graveolens L. an occasional escape from cultivation.
Jepson eFlora Author: Lindsay P. Woodruff & James R. Shevock
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Citation for this treatment: Lindsay P. Woodruff & James R. Shevock 2012, Ruta chalepensis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on December 15, 2018.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2018, Jepson eFlora,, accessed on December 15, 2018.

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Geographic subdivisions for Ruta chalepensis:
s CA-FP, esp near coast;
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