Not all attractive plants are good for you. Some large plants look grand and showy in terms of appearance only to trap its victims. Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is a venomous plant, that you need to avoid stall costs. Falling in the same family, Wild Parsnip is another plant you need to be aware of. Both of these plants are harmful to all living organisms because of their toxic skin reactions. The main reason for this is the chemicals present inside the sap of the plant.
These plants contain a chemical compound known as Furanocoumarins. This compound shows adverse effects on the skin when exposed to sunlight, due to phytophotodermatitis. The chemical produces a burning sensation on the skin, which is similar to that of a severe sunburn. The severity of the reaction can range from anywhere between small blisters to large painful third-degree burns. The effect of giant hogweed is much worse than the wild parsnip.
i hear giant hogweed is back… probably my favorite of the dangerous plants. botanists wear full PPE to dig it up https://t.co/anhj9iqmkE
— cara giaimo (@cjgiaimo) May 17, 2020
Giant Hogweed: A plant which requires wearing PPE kits
Giant hogweed was a part of the botanical gardens in the US at around the 1900s. It was first introduced as an ornamental for the regular gardens. It was a part of daily gardens because of its beautiful appearance. But deep inside this outer covering lied a venomous truth. It successfully escaped the natural cultivations and is now a part of the vegetation in Canada and the Northeast parts of the USA.
The Giant Hogweed is so dangerous that botanists need to procure special PPE kits in order to manage such plants. Such plants require to be taken care of by utmost security. The plant is very commonly found in the United Kingdom. Make sure you do not touch any such plants in the areas given in the map available with the official site.
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Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.