Toxic Bonsai Part II
Ginkgo biloba – Family Ginkgoaceae. Also known as the maidenhair tree native to China is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, as all others are now extinct. Its fruit is used for culinary purposes and in traditional Chinese medicine and is considered by some to contain aphrodisiac properties. However, the seed pulp has toxins that are not destroyed when cooked and if eaten in large amounts poisoning by methyl pyridoxine, (neurotoxin) can cause epileptic seizures. In addition, the sarcotesta or fleshy seed coat is poisonous and disposable gloves are required as they are able to cause dermatitis and or blisters. Other side effects include; nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Guelder rose – Viburnum opulus. A deciduous shrub can be found in woods, hedges and in areas containing a lime-rich soil compound. The tree has large white flowers with smaller yellow ones on…
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