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Common Hogweed

Heracleum sphondylium

Description:

spotting in river homem beach of Félinhos this afternoon,hugh specime,i have to check my list to put the id ,i know that i have a recent spotting id of this plant http://www.google.pt/url?sa=t&rct=j&...

1 Species ID Suggestions

oxyjack
oxyjack 9 years ago
Hogweed
Heracleum sp.


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15 Comments

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 9 years ago

thanks Beth for your nice comment

BethAngermeier
BethAngermeier 9 years ago

Beautiful shot from underneath. Nicely done!

BrandonBlount
BrandonBlount 9 years ago

Emma, as spring progresses toward summer, I have a feeling we are going to see many more spottings of this family of plant. I just hope that enough people out there become aware of the dangers and stay clear of these beautiful but toxic plants.

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

Very toxic and dangerous plant.Looks like we have an uprising again!!

BrandonBlount
BrandonBlount 9 years ago

You are most welcome! I wouldn't spread a panic about them, I would just warn people that if they see these in the wild, not to disturb them. ;-) like most things in nature, pretty can mean danger.

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 9 years ago

THanks Emma,this plant is very photogenic:)
@Brandon thanks very much for the id and of course for the precious info you give us,normaly i never cut plants even for spotting,but i'll pass the info in the area so people can be attention to the potencial danger,thanks very much
@Ashish thanks for the concern

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Welcome Antonio...
Brandon is cleared all what your specie it should be.
Thanks Brandon... your observation is helpful for every user...!!

BrandonBlount
BrandonBlount 9 years ago

I've worked with the NYS DEC (dept of environmental conservation) in Identifying several local infestations of of the Giant Hogweed species here in Western NY. Here's a link from the DCNR (Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources).

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/forestry/inv...

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

great info , Brandon!!

BrandonBlount
BrandonBlount 9 years ago

For your region the species should be sphondylium. (common hogweed). Very interesting plant. Here in the USA we have had an uprising of these types of plants (non-native species) the Giant Hogweed to be exact. The biggest problem is that the Giant Hogweed Species cause severe reactions when exposed skin comes in contact with sap, causing major phytophotodermatitis. I would take care as to not break open the branches, stalks or leaves while photographing the plants as even some of the subspecies can cause a very similar skin reaction to the Giant Species.

Excellent Spotting!!! (kind of reminds of a giant version of Queen Anne's Lace that grows wild here in the USA).

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

great spot!!

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 9 years ago

thanks Ashish,this plant is very spreaded in this area,i spott her more than one time,but only now with spring i remark that some are enormous other much more little,and the flower forms are similar bur with diferences to,i think there are more than one species,from the link i find in wikipedia,the possibilitys are several to,so i'am going to observ more to se details that can guide me in to the correct species id,and thanks again,for your allways great tips :)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Welcome Antonio... Actually I was agree with Oxyjack who ID it correctly. But I do not know genus in your specific area. Once you understand Genus you will get matching specie.

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 9 years ago

@Thanks Ashish yes you are rigth as usual my friend
@thanks Oxijack for the id

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Yes.. its of this family...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apiaceae

Braga, Portugal

Spotted on May 6, 2012
Submitted on May 7, 2012

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