Stalin Hogweed

March 2nd, 2012

fleshy leaves of this plant. The speed of its spread is truly unbelievable. After all, as cow parsnip reproduces by seeds and root layers. A seed on one stem can form up to six thousand! Therefore, if on site in the spring appeared 3.2 plants, you can safely say that next year there will be ten times more. Latin for cow parsnip is gerakleum after the famous character of Greek mythology, which is very suited to the gigantic size of this plant. During flowering hogweed stem height is 3-4 meters.

When the origin of hogweed in the late 40s Stalin was aware that cow parsnip in the U.S. and Canada is the aft plant and provides greater biomass, was instructed to begin to cultivate their culture and ours. But despite the high yield of green mass, a new fodder crop showed some disadvantages. Milk cows became bitter, and the very grass before eating it was necessary to expose the heat treatment. The use of cow-parsnip as fodder crop declined, but it was too late. Gigantic plant has spread to vast areas and became dangerous weed. Danger hogweed hogweed leaves and fruits are rich in essential oils. Touching the plants of some species of this genus can cause irritation and burns to the skin due to the fact that all plant parts contain and short enough and not much sun exposure skin area contaminated with the juice of the plant.

Typically, the affected area of skin occurs second-degree burn (blisters filled with fluid). Time allergen and a strong smell that there is already five meters from the plant. The leaves, stems and fruits of hogweed contains special substances – furokumariny. Their danger lies in the fact that they are many times the increase lighter fluid. The bubble can grow for several days, all otslaivaya large areas of skin. In extensive burns, and overall health is deteriorating. Given the mechanism of hogweed, we can conclude that is especially dangerous contact with him in the sun. To get burned sometimes enough even to go to the site overgrown with hogweed in the bright sun. How to treat burns hogweed small bubbles is better not to touch, one can impose aseptic bandage. If the bubble continues to grow, ootslaivaya top layers of skin, you should consult your doctor so that he in sterile bladder exposed. After opening the bladder and a discharge of fluid does not have to take your tire bladder, and better wound-healing bandage with an antibacterial agent. In general, the treatment of burn injuries from hogweed is the same as ordinary burns. Protect the children from this plant, do not mow it in the sun. If need be mow cow parsnip, wear tight clothing, rubber boots, and keep the juice from the spray face and eyes. If the burns were extensive cow-parsnip, be sure to contact the hospital (as in boiling water burns). If you feel the force handle yourself, use Polimedel.

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