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Butcher's-Broom; Rusco

Ruscus aculeatus


Low evergreen shrub, with flat shoots that give the appearance of stiff, spine-tipped leaves. Small greenish flowers appear in spring. The female flowers are followed by a red berry, and the seeds are bird-distributed, but the plant also spreads vegetatively by means of rhizomes. Ruscus aculeatus occurs in woodlands and hedgerows, where it is tolerant of deep shade, and also on coastal cliffs. It is also widely planted in gardens, and has spread as a garden escapee in many areas outside its native range.


Spotted in a chestnut-tree forest.


Used against haemorrhoids and varicose veins, thanks to its components that are vasoconstrictive and anti-inflammatory. Applied externally and the Rhizome, root and leaves are used. It also reduces cellulite and since it contains rutoside, helps against varicose and tired legs; It also helps against phlebitis and improves circulation. It is also a good diuretic and febrifuge properties. Highly recommended against the calculations of the gallbladder, against gout, arthritis and fever, since it helps eliminate uric acid, leading to an increased sweating. It contains lots of tannins, glycosides, resin, calcium and potassium. Thanks to their hard consistency it is used as "broom" or rather "brush" to clean inside wine barrels once they have been emptied Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/60 sec.; f/36; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. Flash fired.

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Extremadura, Spain

Spotted on Oct 31, 2014
Submitted on Mar 26, 2015

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