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Autumn Crocus

Colchicum Autumnale

Autumn crocus has been employed since ancient times to treat gout. It is the source of the modern drug colchicine perscribed by doctors to treat this condition.

Ingestion of any part of this plant may cause death. The bulb may be mistaken for an onion. Symptoms are a burning sensation in the throat and vomiting, followed by kidney and respiratory failure.

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