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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.

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

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ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
30 Mar 2014 6:17AM
What an amazing flower and has so many benefits to man....a great set Carol, beautifully photographed

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30 Mar 2014 7:10AM
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.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
30 Mar 2014 7:16AM
What a weird and useful plant and beautifully photographed.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2014 7:43AM
A weird looking plant indeed, bit what beautiful contrasting colours. Three wonderful images Carol

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2014 7:52AM
Medicinal and beautiful, what a bonus. Lovely set.
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2014 7:53AM
Who needs drugs when we have natures own remedy Carol great set of pics SmileSmile
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
30 Mar 2014 8:03AM
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.
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2014 8:15AM
Beautiful light and colours Carol. A very strange looking plant but still with its uses.

derekv 10 3 England
30 Mar 2014 9:34AM
Cracking shot, Carol

Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2014 9:45AM
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.
mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
30 Mar 2014 10:19AM
Excellent set Carol and a very informative write up as well.
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30 Mar 2014 11:13AM
interesting plant Carol V2 is my winner of the 3

ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2014 11:43AM
Fine images Carol, a plant that has many uses,

Ali GrinGrin
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2014 12:07PM
A very elaborate looking plant with it's various health remedies - I wonder if they work?
Great to see all your spring flowers Carol.
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Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
30 Mar 2014 12:10PM
Fascinating flower. I especially like v3, showing it off to perfection. It looks much different than our rue, but has similar qualities.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
30 Mar 2014 12:23PM
Very unusual and very lovely. All three.
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2014 12:38PM
What a great and interesting looking flower Carol, a great write up, 2 great imagesSmile

30 Mar 2014 12:59PM
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
ukgubbi 6 5 India
30 Mar 2014 1:37PM
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
30 Mar 2014 1:38PM
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
30 Mar 2014 2:05PM
3 lovely macro images.
30 Mar 2014 2:42PM
Great shots of this unusual flower. Intersting to here all about it.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
30 Mar 2014 4:13PM
It looks very sticky. Smile
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2014 4:47PM
Cracking shots !!....lovely clarity in this unusual plant !!

Mmmmmmm......wonder if it cures being 'barmy' ??.Grin
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2014 4:58PM
Super shots, Carol.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2014 6:26PM
Nicely diffused b/g and sharp as a pin picture with good colour, good set
Simply stunning work. SmileSmileSmile
AnneB50 5 118 18 Scotland
30 Mar 2014 9:52PM
Lovely image Carol but the plant looks like some of these creatures you find to photograph, I wouldn't want to mess with it!
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2014 1:15AM
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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