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Hemlock (Apiaceae)

Biennial grass originating in Europe. Its leaves resemble carrot’s. The stem is heavily branched, and the plant grows as high as 1.5 meters and blooms small white flowers in the summer. The whole plant has a particular odor.
There was a case where it was mistaken for anthriscus sylvestris (Apiaceae) in Hokkaido.


Habitat Naturalized plant that grows in Hokkaido and a part of Honshu.
Parts of the plant that may be ingested accidentally. Whole plant
Symptoms Vomiting, muscle paralysis, breathing difficulties. Serious cases can be fatal.
Venomous constituents Coniine


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