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Ruta chalepensis is a species of flowering plant in the citrus family known by the common name fringed rue. It is a perennial herb growing up to 80cms 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. The leaves have a very unpleasant smell when crushed.
The plant is used as an herbal remedy for a number of ailments, such as fever and inflammation. Externally, rue is an active irritant. If bruised and applied, the leaves will ease the severe pain of sciatica. The expressed juice, in small quantities, was a noted remedy for nervous nightmare, and the fresh leaves applied to the temples are said to relieve headache. Compresses saturated with a strong decoction of the plant, when applied to the chest, have been used beneficially for chronic bronchitis.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:ruta chalepensis
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:30 Mar 2014 - 6:08 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, Flower, Flowers & plants, General, Macro, Nature, Rue
Votes:41
Voters:ColleenA · Len1950 · dven · kuvailija · fentiger · NDODS · LynneJoyce · bobsblues · RonnieAG · viscostatic · User_Removed · jennialexander · derekv · mrswoolybill · Mollycat · mistere · Stace · Alan_Baseley · digital_boi · HarrietH · ali63 · Irishkate · Joline · Daisymaye · Nikonuser1 · unicorn17 · ukgubbi · TrevBatWCC · prabhusinha · Sylviwhalley · SlowSong · Niknut · TonyDy · pluckyfilly · JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY · CarolAnnLauderdale · AnneB50 · Chinga · Badgerfred · Glostopcat · ubaruch ·
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ColleenA
ColleenA Plus Member 2230 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2014 - 6:17 AM

What an amazing flower and has so many benefits to man....a great set Carol, beautifully photographed

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kuvailija
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30 Mar 2014 - 7:10 AM

You have great knowledge in botany too Carol. --- Never seen anything like that before. -A great set Carol, beautifully photographed ,as Colleen said (wrote) ! --- Jukka.

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2014 - 7:16 AM

What a weird and useful plant and beautifully photographed.

Albert

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NDODS
NDODS Plus Member 43825 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2014 - 7:43 AM

A weird looking plant indeed, bit what beautiful contrasting colours. Three wonderful images Carol

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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LynneJoyce
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30 Mar 2014 - 7:52 AM

Medicinal and beautiful, what a bonus. Lovely set.

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bobsblues
bobsblues  5 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2014 - 7:53 AM

Who needs drugs when we have natures own remedy Carol great set of pics SmileSmile
Rob

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG Plus Member 5144 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland114 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2014 - 8:03 AM

A very informative intro to accompany your shots of this plant which is a new one to me: three fine shots of this unusual tower, Carol, with V 1well deserving of it's slot.
R.

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viscostatic
30 Mar 2014 - 8:15 AM

Beautiful light and colours Carol. A very strange looking plant but still with its uses.

Phil.

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derekv
derekv  7 England
30 Mar 2014 - 9:34 AM

Cracking shot, Carol

Derek

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Mollycat
Mollycat Plus Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2014 - 9:45 AM

The ancients knew a thing or two about the benifits of plants. Wonderful description of the properties of this one. Then followed up with your amazing pictures. Wonderful photography Carol.
Peter.

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mistere
mistere Plus Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2014 - 10:19 AM

Excellent set Carol and a very informative write up as well.
Featured e2 Photo at the momentlSmileSmileSmile

Dave.

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digital_boi
30 Mar 2014 - 11:13 AM

interesting plant Carol V2 is my winner of the 3

Graham

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ali63
ali63 Plus Member 3626 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2014 - 11:43 AM

Fine images Carol, a plant that has many uses,

Ali GrinGrin

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Irishkate
Irishkate Plus Member 432 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom79 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2014 - 12:07 PM

A very elaborate looking plant with it's various health remedies - I wonder if they work?
Great to see all your spring flowers Carol.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

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Joline
Joline Plus Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2014 - 12:10 PM

Fascinating flower. I especially like v3, showing it off to perfection. It looks much different than our rue, but has similar qualities.

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Daisymaye
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30 Mar 2014 - 12:23 PM

Very unusual and very lovely. All three.

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 Plus Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2014 - 12:38 PM

What a great and interesting looking flower Carol, a great write up, 2 great imagesSmile

Cliff

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unicorn17
unicorn17  6 Scotland
30 Mar 2014 - 12:59 PM

Grat images and interesting write up.I think seriously you should contact Kew Gardens HQ . They have a special section on medicinal plants !!!Hope you do and you can tell me all about it ! gx

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30 Mar 2014 - 1:37 PM

Outstanding.

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC Plus Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2014 - 1:38 PM

A lovely and unusual looking plant, Carol, and another very interesting write-up too...sounds like the variety of plants you have over there would cure all my aches, pains and other ailments! Wink
Trev Smile

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30 Mar 2014 - 2:05 PM

3 lovely macro images.

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Sylviwhalley
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30 Mar 2014 - 2:42 PM

Great shots of this unusual flower. Intersting to here all about it.
Sylvia

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30 Mar 2014 - 4:13 PM

It looks very sticky. Smile

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Niknut
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30 Mar 2014 - 4:47 PM

Cracking shots !!....lovely clarity in this unusual plant !!

Mmmmmmm......wonder if it cures being 'barmy' ??.Grin

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30 Mar 2014 - 4:58 PM

Super shots, Carol.
Tony

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pluckyfilly
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30 Mar 2014 - 6:26 PM

Nicely diffused b/g and sharp as a pin picture with good colour, good set

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CarolAnnLauderdale
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30 Mar 2014 - 8:48 PM

Simply stunning work. SmileSmileSmile

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AnneB50
AnneB50  2117 forum posts Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2014 - 9:52 PM

Lovely image Carol but the plant looks like some of these creatures you find to photograph, I wouldn't want to mess with it!

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Chinga
Chinga Plus Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
31 Mar 2014 - 1:15 AM

Amazing flower Carol looks like an explosion of green from the yellow...
In Portugal we call it "Arruda" it does all the things you say above and a little bit more... Grin
Love the shots.....
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