Ruta chalepensis

Ruta chalepensis is a species of flowering plant in the citrus family known by the common name fringed rue.[1] It is native to Eurasia and North Africa. It has been found elsewhere as an introduced species. It is a perennial herb growing up to 80 centimeters 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.

Ruta chalepensis
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Scientific classification
R. chalepensis
Binomial name
Ruta chalepensis
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Dried fruits.

In traditional medicine, the plant is used as an herbal remedy for a number of ailments, such as fever and inflammation.[2]


  1. ^ "Ruta chalepensis". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  2. ^ al-Said, M. S., et al. (1990). Studies on Ruta chalepensis, an ancient medicinal herb still used in traditional medicine. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 28:3 305-12.

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