water hemlock


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water hemlock

n.
Any of several poisonous perennial herbs of the genus Cicuta of the parsley family, especially C. maculata, of marshy areas in eastern and central North America, having compound umbels of small white flowers and bipinnately compound leaves.
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water hemlock

n
(Plants) another name for cowbane1
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wa′ter hem`lock


n.
any of several poisonous marsh or swamp plants belonging to the genus Cicuta, of the parsley family, as C. virosa of Europe, and C. maculata of North America.
[1755–65]
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Noun1.water hemlock - tall erect highly poisonous Eurasiatic perennial herb locally abundant in marshy areaswater hemlock - tall erect highly poisonous Eurasiatic perennial herb locally abundant in marshy areas
Cicuta, genus Cicuta - small genus of perennial herbs having deadly poisonous tuberous roots: water hemlock
poisonous plant - a plant that when touched or ingested in sufficient quantity can be harmful or fatal to an organism
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hemlock, Cicuta virosa (also known as "water hemlock") belongs
Some plants, like water hemlock, "can kill a cow in 15 minutes, while others, like buttercups, just leave a burning sensation in their mouths or tongues," said Donna Foulk, an Extension educator with Penn State University.
Care must be exercised when gathering Angelica as it closely resembles the deadly Water Hemlock (Cicuta virosa) and shares the same habitat.
Following the Haff disease cluster in Louisiana associated with eating boiled crayfish, it was suggested that buffalo fish and crayfish consumed the roots of water hemlock (Cicuta maculata) growing in marshy areas and along shorelines.
Pretty though it may be, every part of water hemlock is poisonous but the most dangerous is hidden below the earth's surface.
For those who like to forage for edible plants, QAL is edible but there is a similar looking plant called Water Hemlock that is deadly poisonous.
Poisonous relatives of this family include poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) and water hemlock (Cicuta spp.), whose toxicity is comparable to arsenic while an eighth as lethal as cyanide.