Colchicum Autumnale aka Autumn Crocus

July 15, 2014 – 06:16 pm

Autumn Crocus also known as Glossy Buckthorn, Columnar Buckthorn, European Alder, Fen Buckthorn, Meadow Saffron and naked ladies. It is a genus in the iris family comprising about 80 species of perennials growing from corms. Crocuses are native to woodland, scrub and meadows from sea level to alpine tundra in central and southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

History:

The leaves casually resemble wild garlic but they are deadly poisonous and have been gathered by mistake at the woodlands edge. Several purgative chemicals are present in the bark and in the purple-black fruits. The ancients likened the effects of colchicum to arsenic. iliar with it’s dangers. Theophrastus tells how slaves ate small pieces to make themselves too ill to work. It is still a source of medicine for gout today, and its usefulness is being evaluated as a treatment for cancer.

Toxicity:

The whole plant contains the alkaloid colchicine and colchiceine, the former being the more toxic and more harmful.

Sympotoms:

Following ingestion, initial gastric symptoms occur 3-12 hours after ingestion. Followed by more severe effects including convulsions, cardiovascular collapse, multi-organ failure and blood clots forming in many places around the body, as white blood cell production is inhibited.

New symptoms may occur after several days. Muscular weakness and ascending paralysis cause respiratory arrest. The effects have been described as very similar to cholera leading to a slow, agonising death but consciousness remains to the end. Ingestion of the plant in mistake for wild garlic has caused deaths.

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Aloe Vera
Amaryllis
Apple (seeds)
Apple Leaf Croton
Apricot (pit)
Asparagus Fern
Autumn Crocus
Azalea
Baby's Breath
Bird of Paradise
Branching Ivy
Buckeye
Buddhist Pine
Caladium
Calla Lily
Castor Bean
Ceriman
Charming Dieffenbachia
Cherry (seeds and wilting leaves)
Chinese Evergreen
Cineraria
Clematis
Cordatum
Corn Plant
Cornstalk Plant
Croton
Cuban Laurel
Cutleaf Philodendron
Cycads
Cyclamen
Daffodil
Devil's Ivy
Dieffenbachia
Dracaena Palm
Dragon Tree
Dumb Cane
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Plants Poisonous to Cats
Almond (Pits of)
Aloe Vera
Alocasia
Amaryllis
Apple (seeds)
Apple Leaf Croton
Apricot (Pits of)
Arrowgrass
Asparagus Fern
Autumn Crocus
Avacado (fuit and pit)
Azalea
Baby's Breath
Baneberry
Bayonet
Beargrass
Beech
Belladonna
Bird of Paradise
Bittersweet
Black-eyed Susan
Black Locust
Bleeding Heart
Bloodroot
Bluebonnet
Box
Boxwood
Branching Ivy
Buckeyes
Buddist Pine
Burning Bush
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Amaryllis
Angel's trumpet
Apple seeds
Apricot
Arrowhead fern
Asparagus fern
Autumn crocus
Avocado
Azalea
Baby's breath
Balsam Pear
Beech
Belladonna
Bird of paradise
Bittersweet woody
Black locust
Boston ivy
Boxwood
Buckeye
Buttercup
Cactus
Caladium
Calla lily
Castor bean
Cherry
China Berry
Chinese evergreen
Christmas trees
Chrysanthemum
Coral plant
Coriaria
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