Dog's Mercury
Fact File
Taken at Doonfoot  on 31st March 2019 using 
Panasonic Lumix LX5 in macro mode.
 




Taken at Strathclyde Park on 19th April 2017 with Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.
Fact File
Dog's Mercury.
Latin Name :
Family:
Habit:
AKA:
Mercurialis perennis.
Euphorbiaceae.
Herbacious perennial.

Habitat:

Blooms:
Height:
Feature:

Deep shade or semi-shade, where its dense growth
may shade out other woodland flowers .
March - April.
A metre per year.
Dog's mercury is highly poisonous.
Methylamine and trimethylamine are thought to be present,
together with a volatile oil and saponins Symptoms of
poisoning appear within a few hours; they can include
vomiting, pain, gastric and kidney inflammation, and
sometimes inflammation of the cheeks and jaw and drowsiness.
The first-known account of this phenomenon probably
dates from 1693, when a family of five became seriously
ill as a result of eating the plant (after boiling and frying it);
one of the children died some days later as a result