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English ivy / Bršljan

Hedera helix

Notes:

n the past, the leaves and berries were taken orally as an expectorant to treat cough and bronchitis. In 1597, the British herbalist John Gerard recommended water infused with ivy leaves as a wash for sore or watering eyes. The leaves can cause severe contact dermatitis in some people. People who have this allergy (strictly a Type IV hypersensitivity) are also likely to react to carrots and other members of the Apiaceae as they contain the same allergen, falcarinol.

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injica
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Zagreb, Croatia

Spotted on Dec 30, 2010
Submitted on Feb 27, 2012

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