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Hyacinth

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  • Common Name: Hyacinth
  • Latin Name: Hyacinthus orientalis
  • Family Name: Hyacinthaceae

Hyacinths are high in raphids which are needle sharp calcium oxalate crystals and are said to be the plant's natural defense against predation by causing irritation to the throat, mouth and tongue, including intense burning, vomiting and difficulty swallowing.  In addition, the sap is said to cause dermatitis, so this plant must not be fed to tortoises.

See Scilla, Striped Squill, Grape Hyacinth and Bluebell.

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