Euphorbia in the "news"

John Nelson nelson at BIOL.SC.EDU
Wed Mar 15 14:36:27 CST 2000

WED 16 Mar 225pm


        Students of the genus Euphorbia (and others) may want to read an
article that shows up in a recent medical journal:

     Eke, T. S. Al-Husainy, and M. K. Raynor. 2000. The spectrum        of
ocular inflammation caused by Euphorbia sap. Archives   of Opthalmology

        Yikes. As if the sap weren't bad enough on your skin. The lesson to be
learned is that anybody messing with these plants should wear protective
eye-wear--- but I think that won't help, if you take your goggles off
and THEN rub your eyes with your sappy hands. So don't be a sap. Wash
your hands very well before taking off the goggles. (Same advice applies
to activities involving Capsicum.)

        later JOHN
John B. Nelson
A. C. Moore Herbarium
Department of Biological Sciences
University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208

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Non totum difficile est, sed nihil facile.

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