Wild Parsnip - Found along the Niagara River

Thursday, Jun 29 2017
Wild Parsnip, NYS Wild Parsnip, Invasive Wild Parsnip - in Flower

Wild parsnip dangers.


Wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) is an invasive plant from Europe and Asia that has become naturalized in North America.


Wild Parsip is also dangerous and not from New York! It is an invasive species and should be reported.


The pictures are of plants found at the Whitehaven overlook in 2017. It make sense that thee seeds would be found here since Ontario has also been invaded by wild parsnip.


See the New York State DEC Wild Parsnip


Also, contains furanocoumarins (fyur-a-no-coo-MAR-inz), phototoxic chemicals which are activated by ultraviolet rays in sunlight. If sap gets on skin, and is then exposed to sunlight, it can cause a blistering itchy rash. Skin reactions caused by furanocoumarins take a long time to heal, sometimes months, and may even leave scars.


Phytophotodermatitis (PPD) is a cutaneous phototoxic inflammatory eruption resulting from contact with light-sensitizing botanical substances and long-wave ultraviolet A (UV-A, 320-380 nm) radiation

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