|Ruta chalepensis, fringed rue|
8–40 species, including:
Ruta, (commonly known as rue), is a genus of strongly scented evergreen subshrubs 20–60 cm tall, in the family Rutaceae, native to the Mediterranean region, Macaronesia and southwest Asia. There are perhaps 8 to 40 species in the genus. The most well-known species is Ruta graveolens, (rue or common rue).
The leaves are bipinnate or tripinnate, with a feathery appearance, and green to strongly glaucous blue-green in colour. The flowers are yellow, with 4–5 petals, about 1 cm diameter, and borne in cymes. The fruit is a 4–5 lobed capsule, containing numerous seeds.
Extracts from rue have been used to treat eyestrain, sore eyes, and as insect repellent.[unreliable medical source?] Rue has been used internally as an antispasmodic, as a treatment for menstrual problems, as an abortifacient, and as a sedative.[unreliable medical source?] Ruta graveolens and Ruta chalepensis are often confused in scientific literature.
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