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Poison Parsley

Aethusa cynapium


It has a fusiform root and a smooth hollow branched stem growing to about 80 cm high, with much divided (ternately pinnate) smooth leaves with an unpleasant smell, and small compound umbels of small irregular white flowers.


It is native to Europe, western Asia and northwest Africa.


It is the only member of the genus Aethusa. Poisoning from it showed symptoms of heat in the mouth and throat and a post-mortem examination showed redness of the lining membrane of the gullet and windpipe and slight congestion of the duodenum and stomach. Since some toxins are destroyed by drying, hay containing the plant is not poisonous. Symptoms of poisoning are heat in the mouth and throat.

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1 Comment

injica 12 years ago

100% no! but tnx anyway

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Spotted on Sep 7, 2011
Submitted on Mar 13, 2012

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