Re: Poisonous Smoke
Gary Sherwin (sherwin@SUNSHINE.PGH.WEC.COM)
Mon, 26 Jun 1995 09:18:30 EDT
Poinsetia is one of those "Wives Tale" plants. I'll get a reference for you
but I do not have it with me now. This past Christmas I saw a Evening News
Sparkler on the Poinsetia presented by the PA Extension Service. They said
that Poinsetia is only mildly toxic and that you would have to eat several
whole holiday plants in order to be seriously effected by it, unless you are
unfortunate enough to be alergic to it. Incidently, some people experience
dermititus on exposure to this plant.
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Most plants that are called poisonous are either only distasteful or upsetting
like green apples. SOME WILL KILL YOU IN VERY SMALL QUANTITIES. Dattura,
also known as Thorn Apple or Moon Flower or Jimson Weed is example of this.
Although it is sometimes planted as an ornamental, It is extremely poisonous.
It is known as Jimson Weed modified from Jamestown Weed due to an eppedimic
of poisonings that occured in the colony when the children of the settlment
adopted the use of the large flowers as toy trumpets. Figuratively, they
sounded Gabriel's trumpet and went to meet him. They did not eat them.
They just put them in their mouths to blow through and probably suck on.
When It comes to poisonous plants, I take the position, that ALL plants are
poisonous unless you know how to identify and use them properly. I realized
this when I was poisoned at school from eating improperly cared for potatos.
Green potatos are poisonous with the toxic principle atropine (The stuff they
inject into your heart to stop fibrilation). When ever one sets out to learn
about plant foods, THE FIRST THING YOU DO IS LEARN WHAT WILL KILL YOU VERY
VERY WELL!!! Then your learn what will make you wish you were dead. Then
learn to identify and process the desirable food plants and finaly try the
less desirable but usable plants (You may find a way to make them more
palatable and turn a weed into a crop.).
When trying any plant food, (even those you buy in the store) it is wise
to go cautiosly. Do not eat a "feast" of new food untill you have tried
small quantities without negative effects. If you experience symptoms,
Identify what you are eating and CALL POISON CONTROL IMEDIATELY!
As for frangipani, I can not find it listed as posionous but will check
further tonight.. It is poisonous if you do not know that it is not!
DEATH or DISFIGUREMENT is not appealable
DEATH and DISFIGUREMENT are PERMANENT
I used to be an Eagle NE-V-19-20
Eagle Scout Class of 1967
Vigil-Wagion Lodge 6
(Mr.) Gary W. Sherwin SM
Troop 461 Yukon, Pa.
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