Beautiful things are not always good ▪ Euphorbia pulcherrima, Poinsettia, pianta velenosa ⑧

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Euphorbia pulcherrima, Poinsettia, is one of the most delightful decorations during the Christmas season [1].

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This plant has brilliant scarlet, pink or white petals that contains small greenish-yellow flowers at the center.

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Poisonous parts of Euphorbia pulcherrima: latex, leaves, stems. There is an established cross-reactivity with the sap of this plant in latex-allergic individuals [2].

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Euphorbia pulcherrima, Poinsettia, poisonous plant

Giovanna Masini

Bibliografia

[1] Bala TM, Panda M, No poinsettia this Christmas, “Southern Medical Journal”, 2006;99(7):772-3

[2] Jill Courtemanche, Robert G. Peterson, Beware the mistletoe, “CMAJ.JAMC”, 2006;175(12):1523-1524

 

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