Friday, January 20, 2006

Pink- Photo Friday

This shrub is very commonly grown here by the Mediterranean. Its Nerium oleander -common oleander.

Although it has very pretty flowers and glossy green leaves, it very, very toxic - apparently eating a single leaf will kill an adult and the sap will cause a rash in many people. All parts of the plant are poisonous- including the very attractive flowers.

The toxin that acts on the heart and causes death by heart attack or liver or kidney failure - so its definitely in the category of look don't touch or eat.

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1 comment:

Jonathan Beckett said...

It's quite scary really isn't it - how many dangerous plants and herbs there are around.

I was reading something recently - apparently all the medicines in the world come from about 30 different plants - and there are literally tens of thousands of plants that have not been looked at yet...