Nature Ramble

This week we are staying in the backyard, or perhaps a nearby park. We have usually looked at birds, or animals, new ones or ones in danger of extinction. But, we have ignored plants…

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Buttercups

Ranunculus acris

Buttercup is by far the most innocent looking plant on this list. It is also one of the most ubiquitous, and among the more deadly garden plants. Buttercup commonly grows in grassy patches with poor drainage, and may frequently be found by children who use it in games that involve touching it to the skin. The goal is to experience a momentary red mark on the skin, as the brilliant yellow flowers release a toxin induces temporary rash symptoms.

Buttercup is far more dangerous, however. The plant is capable of poisoning grazing animals that eat it, causing serious gastrointestinal toxicity. Ingestion by humans may result in a painful death resulting from organ and nervous system intoxication.

Beauty is clearly in the eye of the beholder, not the handler of this killer flower.

Source: FunnyList, check for more Weird And Truly Terrifying Plants

NB:

We didn’t check for the red mark, we were interested in the yellow reflection under the chin to signify if you ‘loved’ a particular girl.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. […] am referring to a series of events that led me to a crazy cow. I have just posted on Eco-Crap about buttercups, they are poisonous you know. Which led me to ask myself, why are cows sometimes […]

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  2. Buttercups everywhere here in Colchester. I never knew of their toxic properties.

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