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Plant Fact Of The Week II April 6, 2011

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This week’s fact is brought to you by the genus Narcissus, and is a perfect segway for next week’s plant (everyone’s personal favorite): poison ivy.

PLANT FACT OF THE WEEK: Daffodils are known to cause skin reactions called “daffodil itch.” It usually results in dryness, scaliness and cracks on the hands due to the calcium oxalate (a key component found in the formation of kidney stones) that is present in the sap.

Sources

Plant Fact: http://ezinearticles.com/?Daffodil-Flower-Information-and-Facts&id=4842524

Calcium Oxalate Fact: http://www.ehow.com/facts_6143363_calcium-oxalate_.html

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