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water dropwort, hemlock water dropwort, Oenanthe crocata(noun)
European poisonous herb having tuberous roots, yellow juice that stains the skin, yellow flowers and foliage resembling celery; all parts extremely poisonous
A genus of plants in the family Apiaceae that grows in a moist, damp environment and is extremely poisonous.
a European poisonous umbelliferous plant (Enanthe fistulosa) with large hollow stems and finely divided leaves
The water dropworts, Oenanthe, are a genus of plants in the family Apiaceae. Most of the species grow in damp ground, in marshes or in water. Several of the species are extremely poisonous, the active poison being oenanthotoxin. The most notable of these is O. crocata, which lives in damp, marshy ground, and resembles celery with roots like a bunch of large white carrots. The leaves may be eaten safely by livestock, but the stems, and especially the carbohydrate-rich roots are much more poisonous. Animals familiar with eating the leaves may eat the roots when these are exposed during ditch clearance – one root is sufficient to kill a cow, and human fatalities are also known. It has been referred to as the most poisonous of all British plants, and is considered particularly dangerous because of its similarity to several edible plants. The species O. javanica, commonly known as Chinese celery or Japanese parsley is edible and grown in several countries of eastern Asia, as well as in Italy and India, where the spring growth is relished as a vegetable.
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