Sunday, May 29, 2016

Wildflowers of Ainsworth: Cursed Crowfoot

The black sheep of the Buttercup family. Ranunculus sceleratus: five yellow petals and one bad attitude.

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(In the lower right of that picture, you can see some ragwort not quite blooming yet.)

It's called cursed crowfoot because its sap is toxic enough to cause skin blisters. According to Jack Sanders, "Swallowing just two drops of the juice is said to be enough to kill a person by severely inflaming the alimentary canal."

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Not very good pictures, I know. Better pictures and more information can be found here.

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