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Bracken

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  • Common Name: Bracken
  • Latin Name: Pteridium aquilinum
  • Family Name: Dennstaedtiaceae/Polypodiaceae

Contains the enzyme thiaminase which destoys vitamin B, leading to nutritional deficiency.  It also contains carcinogenic tannins and glycosides and is toxic to horses, cattle and sheep, and is linked with oesophageal and stomach cancer in humans.

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