Botanical name: Ruta chalepensis Family: Rutaceae (Citrus family)
Synonyms: Ruta bracteosa, Ruta fumariifolia
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. The divided leaves have a strong and unpleasant smell when crushed. When not in flower, this woody, evergreen subshrub has a somewhat blue-grey overall appearance.
Medicinal uses: According to Ayurveda, the plant pacifies vitiated vata, kapha, epilepsy, convulsions, insanity, hysteria, fever, febrile fits, indigestion, colic and poison stings. The plant is a nervine stimulant. It cause uterine contraction in higher dose; hence it is contraindicated in pregnancy.
Identification credit: Vijayasankar Raman
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