Sketchblog Archive for Tools: Ooly Splendid

Inktober 31: Viscum album
(European mistletoe, common mistletoe). 

Poisonous: entire plant.
Symptoms: inflamed eyes, dilated pupils, slowed heart rate, hallucinations, coma.

Fun fact of the day: European mistletoe is more toxic than American mistletoe, which is in a different genus (but same family) of plantae.

Also you get a xmas plant for Halloween because xmas is just full of toxic goth plant decor as far as I’m concerned.

See #inktober 2018 from the beginning!

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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.