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Published In: Species Plantarum 2: 729. 1753. (1 May 1753) (Sp. Pl.) Name publication detailView in BotanicusView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 11/2/2016)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/2/2017)
Human edible: Fruits, Leaves, Seeds, Stems
Details: Economic use: Young shoots, fruits and seeds cooked and eaten (Couplan 1998).
TOXICITY: Toxicity: Animal, Human
Toxic parts: Forage with seeds, Seeds
Details: Toxicity: Though seeds of one species are used as food, excessive consumption over a period of time can cause lathyrism, a condition characterized by often permanent neuromuscular problems (Barrow et al. 1974). Nutritional deficiencies may increase susceptibility (Jahan & Ahmad 1993). Seeds of at least a dozen other species, or forage containing seeds, have caused similar toxicity in animals when consumed in high quantity. Though some species are considered acceptable as forage without caveats, seeds of species lacking scientific study or use data should be suspected of toxicity.


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