Wild Parsnip
Dangerous plant

Wild Parsnip DANGER

June 20, 2019
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Please take note of this hazardous plant.
Wild parsnip sap contains chemicals called furanocoumarins which can make skin more vulnerable to ultraviolet radiation. Brushing against or breaking the plant releases sap that, combined with sunlight, can cause a severe burn within 24 to 48 hours. This reaction, known as phytophotodermatitis, can also cause discoloration of the skin and increased sensitivity to sunlight that may last for years. How to protect yourself from wild parsnip: Learn to identify wild parsnip at different life stages. Do not touch any parts of the plant with bare skin. Wear gloves, long-sleeved shirts, pants, boots and eye protection if working near wild parsnip to prevent skin contact with the sap. Synthetic, water-resistant materials are recommended
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