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Re: HYB: Saliva, Poison

From: dlouis@dynamicro.on.ca

On Wed, 3 Feb 1999, Jan Clark wrote:

> >Seems she 
> >ingested some 'sap' from the stalk...made her deathly ill and she was 
> >carried to the hospital as a result...heard she was in insensitive 
> >care for awhile.
> And ....Is pollen poisonous, or atleast, highly allergenic?
> Jan Clark, in Australia
Jan there was a discussion on the Iris-L a couple of years ago about the
problems hybridizers were having with their stomachs after doing a
certain amount of hybridizing. It turned out that pollen has oxalic acid
on it which is poisonous for humans. The conclusion was that new
toothpicks should be used for each flower.

Diana Louis <dlouis@dynamicro.on.ca> <- private email address
cold edge of Zone 4 Newmarket, Ontario, Canada 
AIS, CIS, SIGNA, IRIS-L, Canadian Wildflower Soc.

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