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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 06.3 February 1995

Identification – British Oenanthe, Water-dropworts

By - Robin Walls

The umbellifers provide us with many foods and garnishings - the roots of carrots and parsnips, the 'stalks' of angelica and celery, the leaves of parsley and fennel and the seeds of coriander, caraway, etc. On the other hand, some species, such as Hemlock, Conium maculatum, are very poisonous. All the water-dropworts, Oenanthe, are toxic to man and livestock to some extent, but it is Hemlock Water-dropwort, O. crocata, that is by far the most dangerous.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

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Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist