Hemlock Water Droplet
called by some "the most poisonous plant in Britain"
- March 2017: Helensburgh Sailing Club.
- March 2017: South shore of Rhu spit. To be confirmed.
- Spring 2015: In the shingle in Shandon.
- This was root taken from Rhu Bay in 2014 ?
- It is at its most poisonous in late winter and early spring.
- it is a member of the carrot family and can easily be confused with other edible plants of the carrot/parsley cfamily, which have similar leaves and parsnip-like roots. Online Encyclopaedia of the Umbelliferae (Carrot/Parsley) Family of the British Isles
- In Spring, the plants usually have very few leaves and the creamy parsnip-like roots just visible. After a storm the roots are more visible.
- Do not do this test unless you are wearing gloves. All parts of the plant poisonous.
- The leaves have a strong unpleasant smell when broken (like acrid celery).
- The stems are hairless, grooved and hollow,
- This is taken from Galloway Wild Foods which also has a good image of the definitive leaves