TG3303 : Borage and Ragwort

taken 1 year ago, near to Claxton, Norfolk, Great Britain

Borage and Ragwort
Borage and Ragwort
Borage (Borago officinalis), also known as a starflower, is an annual herb native to the Mediterranean region. Its leaves are edible and the plant is grown in gardens for that purpose in some parts of Europe. There is a growing demand for the special oil produced by the plant and for this reason the company behind the crop wants to increase its cropping area.

Ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris) contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which are hepatotoxic and can cause complete liver failure. There is, however, no evidence that ragwort causes harm by contact or inhalation, and in fact very little evidence of harm to humans except for those with pre-existing liver damage. Ragwort may be more of a problem for livestock and especially horses, as it retains its toxicity even when dried and can lead to fatal poisoning in horses if contained in the hay they are being fed. Other compounds in ragwort that can produce contact dermatitis. For this reason, the wearing of gloves is advised when removing the plant.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 29 July, 2017   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 29 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3364 0344 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:34.7126N 1:26.8174E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3361 0339
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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