Monday, July 11, 2011

Giant Hogweed Plant Invades New York City

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From Business Insider by Robert Jhonson

A large leafy plant that can cause blindness by touching its sap is working its way across New York this summer.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an official warning on their website: "Giant Hogweed. Do Not Touch This Plant!" Officials are warning residents to beware of infestations of the noxious weed that can grow to over 12 feet tall.

The plants sap can cause:
Severe skin and eye irritation
Painful blistering
Permanent scarring
It could also cause red patches which are painless, but that will develop into purple or brown scars that can last for years.

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