Herbs & Plants

Meadow rue

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Botanical Name :Thalictrum aquilegifolium
Family : Ranunculaceae – Buttercup family
Genus : Thalictrum L. – meadow-rue
Species: Thalictrum aquilegifolium L. – columbine meadow-rue
Kingdom : Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision : Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Magnoliidae
Order : Ranunculales

Common Name : Columbine-leaved meadow rue

Habitat :Meadow-rues are usually found in shaded or damp locations, with a sub-cosmopolitan range throughout most of the Northern Hemisphere and also south to southern Africa and tropical South America, but absent from Australasia. It is most common in temperate regions of the world, twenty-two species are found in North America.

Meadow Rue is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant.The leaves are alternate, bipinnately compound, commonly glaucous blue-green in colour.
The flowers are small and apetalous (no petals), but have numerous long stamens, often brightly white, yellow, pink or pale purple, and are produced in conspicuous dense inflorescences. In some species (e.g. T. chelidonii, T. tuberosum), the sepals are large, brightly coloured and petal-like, but in most they are small and fall when the flower opens or soon after.

Medicinal Uses;
Meadow rue is a purgative and diuretic.  It is a bitter digestive tonic that contains berberine or a similar alkaloid.  The leaves were sometimes added to spruce beer in the 19th century as a digestive tonic.

Other Uses:
Thalictrum species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Setaceous Hebrew Character.

The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


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