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Poisonous plants: Buttercups

Buttercups

A common sight in the summer months, these plants contain varying amounts of a poisonous oil called ranunculin. When it is crushed or chewed it forms a toxic blistering agent.

Buttercup poisoning is rare, but it can cause the following:

  • excessive salivation
  • gastric problems such as mild colic
  • diarrhoea
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