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Atalantia monophylla  (Roxb.) DC


Botanical Name


Atalantia monophylla (Roxb.) DC

English Name


Indian atalantia, Wild lemon



Atalantia spinosa Tanaka





General Info


A very spiny shrub or treelet grows up to 6m tall. Blade is 9.4cm × 6 cm. Fruit pedicel is 1.5cm long, and the fruit is 2cm in diameter. Petiole is 1.4cm long; there are 11 pairs of secondary nerves below, 5.5cm × 5cm – 4.9cm × 3.7cm – 7.3cm × 5cm –9.4cm × 6cm – 5.5cm × 5cm. Leaves similar to Citrus and are notched at the tip. Flowers are 1.5cm long. Calyx splits onto two irregular lobes. Stamens are joined into a tube.

Herb Effects

Antiviral (leaves)


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Medicinal Use

Used to treat lung disorders, probably because of their essential oils which irritate the bronchial mucosa and stimulate the movement of bronchial villosities, and to treat rheumatism (leaf oil).; mixed with alcohol and applied externally for skin problems in children (leaves).


Christophe Wiart. Medicinal Plants of Asia and the Pacific, P:215, CRC Press, June 2006.

Chansakaow S, Ruangrungsi N, Ishikawa T. Isolation of pyropheophorbide a from the leaves of Atalantia monophylla (Roxb.) Corr. (Rutaceae) as a possible antiviral active principle against herpes simplex virus type 2. Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo) 1996;44(7):1415-1417.



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