Pontifications on Poison
Being some ramblings on events associated with poisonous plants.
Thursday 29th September 2011
This should really be dated Wednesday 28ath September or headed 'Plants in a Public Park Part 2' because, as you'll know if you read yesterday's blog, when I decided to see if I could find six poisonous plant genera in our nearest municipal park I ended up with eleven and a fungus in no time at all.
So, I decided to split the pictures I took over two days and this is the second day.
I said I'd seen eleven genera because I saw more than one species in some cases. With the Ilex, holly, there were three very different plants.
Different species of Ilex, holly
Any public park, these days, has to be forgiven if it cannot achieve a completely manicured look so I don't have a problem with seeing Urtica dioica, stinging nettles and, as the folklore states, you always find Rumex obtusifolius, dock, close by to provide the antidote.
I shouldn't claim that this fungus is poisonous because I'm not skilled enough to truly identify it. But I've included it because for most people in Britain an unidentified fungus is assumed to be poisonous. This was growing in a patch of grass.
And, finally, two plants that I think I've correctly identified after looking through my files and books. I can't get any closer than the genera however.
It just goes to show that there are plenty of poisonous plants all around us all the time and very, very few people ever get harmed by them. It makes the reaction to finding Aconitum napellus in a park in Cumbria ridiculous.