Thalictrum minus

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Thalictrum minus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Thalictrum
T. minus
Binomial name
Thalictrum minus

Thalictrum minus, known as lesser meadow-rue,[1][2] is a perennial herb in the family Ranunculaceae that is native to Europe, Northwest Africa, Yemen, Ethiopia, South Africa, Southwest Asia, and Siberia. It grows on sand dunes, shingle, coastal rocks or calcareous grassland, cliffs and rocky gullies at up to 1,600 to 3,000 m (5,200 to 9,800 ft) elevation at southern latitudes.[3] It grows to 30 cm (0.98 ft) tall with erect stems and 1 cm (0.39 in) leaves that are highly subdivided, 3-4 ternate to pinnate.[4]

The plant contains an alkaloid 'Thalidisine', which is also present in other Thalictrum species.[5]


  1. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  2. ^ "Thalictrum minus". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
  3. ^ Cope, Thomas A.; Miller, Anthony (1996). Flora of the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. p. 313. ISBN 0-7486-0475-8.
  4. ^ Stace, Clive (2010). New Flora of the British Isles. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-70772-5.
  5. ^ S.W. Pelletier (Editor) Alkaloids: Chemical and Biological Perspectives, Volume 14, p. 48, at Google Books