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Weird and Wonderful of the Plant Kingdom
08/02/2022 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
This month, we are pleased to host Barry Gayton, from Desert World. Barry is a favourite contributor to Radio Suffolk and Norfolk and what Barry doesn’t know about gardening isn’t worth knowing. His talk on the Weird and Wonderful of the Plant Kingdom will be sure to fascinate.
For example, did you know that apple and pear seeds contain amygdalin, a substance that releases cyanide into the blood stream when chewed and digested. However, apple seeds in small amounts do not contain enough cyanide to cause harm. It is is better to spit out seeds to avoid any potential issues!
Then there is the Castor Oil plant (Ricinus communis) grown commercially for the pharmaceutical and industrial uses of its oil and for us in landscaping. The oil-rich seeds contain the poison ricin, one of the most toxic substances known, and consumption of chewed seeds can be lethal!