PLANTS HAZARDOUS ON PHYSICAL CONTACT - INFO

 PLANTS HAZARDOUS on PHYSICAL CONTACT

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This lists those plants which are harmful particularly dangerous by physical contact in one way or another.

Most plants are not harmful by physical contact alone. Those are not listed here, they have no physical contact rating.


 DEADLY on PHYSICAL CONTACT - INFO

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Danger by Physical Contact - Severe (red)

Plants where the danger is invisible but is nonetheless extremely high, with death possible in some instances where exposure to the toxic substances within is over an extensive part of the body, or is otherwise high. In this category the effects can be long-lasting with the patient suffering numbness or reddening of the skin or pain and discomfort over a few years and where death may result. Plants such as Monk's-hood, Giant Hogweed, Stag's-horn Sumach (Rhus Tree) and Japanese Lac Trees. The toxins within Monk's-hood can permeate even un-broken skin and poison the victim, for which there is no antidote (but there is palliative treatment). The danger of Japanese Lac Trees manifests itself not only from physical contact, but also from the extreme ill-effects resulting from the inhalation of any smoke and vapours emitted by any burning of its' wood; death has resulted.

But Giant Hogweed (and Hogweed to a lesser extent) would only kill if the person suffered severe burns over most of their body resulting from not only getting the sap on much of the skin, but by exposing it to sunlight afterwards - the substances within Giant Hogweed and Hogweed are phototoxic. Blindness has resulted in instances where the sap got in the eye.

 DANGEROUS on PHYSICAL CONTACT - INFO

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Danger by Physical Contact - High (orange)

This includes plants where the danger is not apparent or visible but is nonetheless very high. The sap from Hogweed and Spurges come under this category. Impermeable gloves should be worn when handking these plants.

 IRRITATING on PHYSICAL CONTACT - INFO

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Danger by Physical Contact - Medium (yellow)

Mild contact irritation, such as from Juniper tre scratches and pricks or brushes against Stinging Nettle, where the erythrema and stinging or itching that result may last but a day or two.

 LACERATION RISK on PHYSICAL CONTACT - INFO

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Danger by Physical Contact - Low (green)

Laceration or puncture risk by sharp or thorny plants. The danger is lowish because the hazard is visible, rather than un-seen as with the above three categories. Apart from high risk areas such as heart or eyes or where perforation leads to infection, the danger is low; nothing that simple first-aid should not be able to treat. This includes perforations, cuts and scratches from such plants as Brambles, Roses, Thistles, Gorse, sharp-bladed grasses, and spear-leaved plants with sharply pointed ends such as Spanish Dagger.

This sub-section does not include plants which not only puncture or lacerate, but also transfer some hazardous substance, such as Stinging Nettle does. Plants which also transfer a hazardous substance will instead be found in the IRRITATING, DANGEROUS or LETHAL sub-sections above.

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NO RATING on PHYSICAL CONTACT - INFO

Danger by Physical Contact - No Rating

This either means that the risk by Physical Contact is non-existent, or that the Author has been unable to find out if there is any risk (and it is possibly therefore either lowish or non-existent).

But do not assume that there is no danger at all.



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