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Holiday Plants with Toxic Misconceptions


Several plants are used for their decorative effect during winter holidays. This review exploresthe toxic reputation and proposed management for exposures to several of those, namelypoinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima), English holly (Ilex aquifolium), American holly (Ilex opaca),bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara), Jerusalem cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum), Americanmistletoe (Phoradendron serotinum), and European mistletoe (Viscum album). [West J Emerg Med.2012;13(6):538-542]

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