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ruta chalepensis

By CarolG  
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.

PS: Unable to load variants this morning, don't know what the problem is Sad
Update: Finally managed to upload versions, but don't know how, the link to my file seems to have disappeared, and I had to search long and hard to find it. Anyone else having problems with variants this morning?

Tags: Nature General Flower Close-up Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Rue Wildlife and nature

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23 Mar 2013 6:08AM
Very pretty picture - love the presentation.

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ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
23 Mar 2013 6:12AM
Nicely captured, such a pretty flower and love all your information on the plantGrinGrin
kel55 6 8 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 7:05AM
Unusual looking flower , love the dof in this , just the right amount of background blur , nice one
Ray42 10 3 England
23 Mar 2013 7:11AM
Excellent - interesting write up tooSmile
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 7:22AM
Beautifully captured set Carol, a change from you beloved bugs Sad
23 Mar 2013 7:29AM
A fine set and a very interesting write up Carol. I have not had a problem uploading versions today but it has happened to me before. A
23 Mar 2013 7:30AM
Lovely set of images carol Smile
23 Mar 2013 7:35AM
V1 my favourite this morning Carol, like the composition, excellent colour and detail captured in all,
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
23 Mar 2013 8:08AM
Lovely set of images!! I like them a lot!!
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 8:09AM
v1 gets my vote today Carol SmileSmile
23 Mar 2013 8:17AM
A beautiful set, Carol!

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 8:28AM
Gorgeous - green-gold light.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
23 Mar 2013 8:54AM
Stuck a variation on with no probs, sorry Carol Smile

I know the plant (especially the smell) but never seen/looked at the flower in detail before. Three excellent angles.

Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 8:56AM
Superb colour, detail and composition. Love all three but V1 just pips through for me. Smile

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
23 Mar 2013 9:21AM
V1 for me.

23 Mar 2013 9:24AM
Three excellent captures and presentations, Carol.
SandraKay Plus
11 233 4 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 9:32AM
Useful information as well as lovely pictures of this little fringed plant.
Haven't tried to upload today but all pics on the site are taking ages to view on my computer.
9 10 10 England
23 Mar 2013 9:39AM
V3 a very bold "in your face" image but V1 is favourite today Carol.
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 9:41AM
Great images again Carol, love V1.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 9:48AM
An interesting and informative foreword supported by three very well composed images of this rather strange flowering plant. The petals/leaves remind me of Victorian petticoats...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 10:39AM
Like all three Carol equally!
All three are nice captures my fav been v1 good colour crisp and clean.

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
23 Mar 2013 11:57AM
Another totally new plant to me, Carol, and three fine shots accompanied by an interesting narrative.
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 12:10PM
Lovely shots, Carol.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 12:21PM
Never seen the flowers... Beautiful shots.
In Portugal rue is a plant we keep in the house to ward away bad energy. A very good plant to have in your home. Grin
We call it ARRUDA! Keep some in your home for good luck! IB
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 12:22PM
Three excellent images and I love the flower with it's fringed edges and interesting
centre. I must learn all my flower parts again!
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
23 Mar 2013 12:24PM
Sounds like every herb garden should have one. It is unique and beautiful as well as useful.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
23 Mar 2013 12:53PM
I particularly like the composition and DOF in V1
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
23 Mar 2013 1:42PM
A fine set Carol

23 Mar 2013 2:00PM
Sus fotografía tienen mucha personalidad.
Jat_Riski 9 89 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 2:03PM
Excellent shots, Carol. I love the blurred natural background superb.Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
23 Mar 2013 2:18PM
Seems like this will cure or ease all my ailments! The flower itself reminds me of a buttercup - with frayed edges! Wink A very lovely set, Carol...even though no bugs! Smile
Didn't upload a variant today, so can't comment, though when I uploaded my "Shakespeare's Birthplace Museum 3: Upstairs Bedroom" a few days ago, EPZ just froze up on me, and I couldn't upload my V2 until several minutes later, yet accessing other websites there was no problem.
Trev Smile
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
23 Mar 2013 3:06PM
A good set of images

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 4:34PM
That's why I love this site so much - you see and learn about different things you probably wouldn't see in your life.
A very interesting plant, and - as always - well detailed images.
23 Mar 2013 5:09PM
All of your lovely pictures are superb Carol! Great writing and beautiful presentation !
23 Mar 2013 5:33PM
A wonderful trio Carol, bit of colour to brighten a dull day Smile
evelen 13 5 England
23 Mar 2013 6:04PM
lovely images of this flower carol.
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
23 Mar 2013 6:13PM
A lovely flower.
Sounds so useful for some of m'troubles too.
Well done Carol.

23 Mar 2013 6:48PM
Lovely series. Great sunny colours we could do with some of those today.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2013 7:03PM
Evenin Carol,
Quite like V1 with one bloom in focus and the other one OOFSmile

Been snowing all day - sometimes heavy - cold and miserable to say the least and it looks as if it will be Thursday/Friday before the temperature risesSad

Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
24 Mar 2013 6:52PM
I thought at first it was a Poppy Carol . Glad you spoke about it . Not seen it before , so very interesting story xx Great image as per usual .

Think the unusual weather is upsetting the Air-waves ! xx
Ayoob 7 Australia
25 Mar 2013 6:45AM
A cracking shots of beautiful flower ,Carol..........Grin
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
26 Mar 2013 6:46AM
Very I the resting write up for this strange flower. Love the frilly detail!
30 Mar 2013 11:20AM
V1 for me Carol fine balance with the out of focus in view


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