Poisonous Plants

January 2005
Science...Non-Fiction;2005, p50
This article offers information on poisonous plants. The Bull Nettle, also called the Spurge Nettle, commonly grows in fields or sandy grounds. All parts of the plant extending above the ground are covered with stinging hairs. These hairs release a poisonous chemical that, when touched, immediately causes extreme burning, itching, and redness. The Giant Hogwood, also called the Parsnip Tree, grows mainly in parks and gardens. All parts of the plant release a sap that, after skin contact and ultra-violet ray exposure, causes the skin to redden the following day and blister the day after that.


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