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RE: Talking of laurels and cyanide...

Subject: RE: Talking of laurels and cyanide...
From: Rupert Baker
Date: Jun 26 2020 14:55:22
The fleshy bit of the ywe berry is not poisonous;  it is the seed; the birds 
swallow thearil/seed whole, and poo the seeds out undigested; and presumably 
without having ingested any toxins. I'd be a dumb bit of evolution which 
killed the vector species.......
Rupert

PS Fevertree! ??

-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info On Behalf Of Simon Pryce 
Arboriculture
Sent: 26 June 2020 11:51
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: Re: Talking of laurels and cyanide...

A lot of animals won't browse growing foliage but will eat it from cut or 
fallen branches, it must be due to the effect of it wilting.  My dad was a 
vet and said yew was one of the worst for this.  It's interesting about 
Bettina's neighbour's animals, but sheep do seem to have a death wish 
sometimes.  There is enough in laurel leaves to use them in insect killing 
jars.

Pheasants will scoff whole yew berries with no evident harm, but I wouldn't 
like to guess whether they are any smarter than sheep.

As for pigs the flavour of most prunus fruit is due to small amounts of 
cyanide and American peach fed ham must involve feeding the porkers large 
quantities of them, probably stones and all.

Simon






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