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Ruta chalapensis

Rue de Chalep
Fringed Rue

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

14-18 mm

Flowering months

April,

May,

June,

July

Leaf type

Bipinnate

Height

30-80 cm

Description

A shrub-like, evergreen, perennial herb.

The sap can cause burning of the skin when the skin is exposed to sun. The essential oil is used in perfumery.

Flowers

The flowers have 4-5 bright yellow, glandular petals fringed with long hairs. The centre of the petals houses a raised capsule.

Leaves

Bipinnate leaflets on either side of the stem, each leaflet is further subdivided. Leaflets on either side of the stem, each leaflet is again divided, grey-green.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: 4-5 pointed capsule.

Edible

Leaves: used to flavour Italian grappa.

Medical

Once used to cause abortion. Still used in herbal medicine for menstrual problems.

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