25: Rhododendron luteum
(yellow azalea, honeysuckle azalea).
Poisonous: entire plant.
Symptoms: nausea, vomiting, muscular weakness, slowed heart rate, coma, death.
More #inktober 2018.
Today I learned that genus Rhododendron has a long and fun history of taxonomical bitchfighting. :’) Like, subgenera aren’t uncommon but this is the first time I’ve run into “section” as a taxonomical division??
Botanical taxonomy is hella complicated: Genus > subgenus > section > species > subspecies > variety > form > cultivar?? Cultivar in the classification is interesting to me since I dont think anyone does that with mammal breeds?
Anyway it’s no surprise I find taxonomy weirdly fascinating as someone who likes lists, classifications, and order. :V
Another good azalea tidbit: “Azaleas and rhododendrons were once so infamous for their toxicity that to receive a bouquet of their flowers in a black vase was a well-known death threat.”
WHAT A COOL WAY TO THREATEN SOMEONE LOL.