Poi­sonous plant found in wood­land

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Business Kent Update -

Again I am high­light­ing a plant which is only found in cal­care­ous soiled wood­land and which likes the shade and damp.

The plant is called herb paris and is un­usual in ap­pear­ance with its large four egg shaped leaves in what are in two pairs. The flower is odd look­ing with a pro­tru­sion of golden yel­low sta­mens stick­ing out the mid­dle of the plant.

The plant then pro­duces one dark berry, which as you guessed is poi­sonous, as is other parts of the plant.

The name herb paris orig­i­nates from the Latin word par, which means pair re­fer­ring to the two pairs of leaves.

Herb paris was also pop­u­lar in herbal medicine in me­dieval times and was called the Herb of Equal­ity, as all parts of the plant are con­spic­u­ously equal and har­mo­nious due to its ap­pear­ance.

You will need to find this plant in wood­land through the Kent Downs, but across in the county of Sus­sex it is a very rare plant and only found in a small num­ber of wood­land sites.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Owen Leyshon, Rom­ney Marsh Coun­try­side Part­ner­ship, tele­phone 01797 367934 or log on to www.rmcp.co.uk

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