SK3801 : Hogweed

taken 12 years ago, near to Shenton, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Giant Hogweed growing at side of wide lane.
Usually destroyed by Council workers as it is VERY DANGEROUS.
The Environment agency advice is ...

"Giant Hogweed is a public health hazard. The plant exudes a clear watery sap from the leaves and particularly the stem. The sap contains a glucoside called furanocoumarin, which renders skin photo-sensitive. This means that exposure to sunlight following contact causes severe blistering, burns to the affected areas and sometimes inflamed linear lesions on the skin. Blisters can develop into purplish or blackened scars. This reaction can occur up to 48 hours after contact and in some cases results in recurrent dermatitis. Contact with the eyes can lead to temporary or possibly permanent blindness".

There are a few patches around Market Bosworth.
My bike gives size of the plants.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 2 July, 2006   (more nearby)
Saturday, 23 August, 2008
Vegetation > Vegetation   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 388 014 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:36.5612N 1:25.6275W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 388 013
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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