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Tylecodon

Post by frank25 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:20 pm

Re: Advice on Tylecodon

Hello, I am a new member. Could you please advise me on Tylecodon? I am interested in buying some but they are supposed to be dangerous to handle them when I read on wikipedia. Does anyone know what part of the plant which is dangerous? Are some plants more dangerous than others or best to stay away from them all. I have Euphorbia, but I know only the sap that is dangerous. Thank you
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Re: Tylecodon

Post by Aiko » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:28 pm

As long as you don't plan on eating them nothing will happen. But I have not read they are poisonous, though. They definately will not stab you or otherwise attack you, so you will be fine.
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Re: Tylecodon

Post by Diane » Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:52 pm

Tylecodon species are considered toxic - in particular, T. wallichii, but as with any other toxic plant (and there are many common garden plants that are toxic) just take care in handling them.
I'm sure that many of us who grow them, don't even think twice about it, and I've never heard of anybody becoming ill from growing them!
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Re: Tylecodon

Post by D^L » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:24 pm

I agree with the above. Don't eat it and you will be fine. I grow a number and have no concerns.
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Re: Tylecodon

Post by Terry S. » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:01 am

I also concur with the others. Whereas one has to be very careful with euphorbias because the sap can have adverse effects on the skin, to the best of my knowledge, tylecodon sap has no effects. They have to be eaten to be toxic. I remember a mountain called Ploegberg in South Africa where the goats had eaten everything and all that was left were the large Tylecodon paniculata plants, the animals knew what they were doing. On another farm in Namaqualand, that raised sheep, we walked around with the manager and every time that he saw a Tylecodon wallichii, he put the boot in!

Another confirmation that one has to be sceptic about items you see on the web. Much better to get together with true enthusiasts at society meetings and discuss things. Potatoes and rhubarb are toxic but as long as we don't eat the fruits on one or the leaves on the other, we are fine.
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Re: Tylecodon

Post by frank25 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:41 pm

Thank you all for the advice. Unfortunately my local branch is over 100 miles away. I just recently joined and I have been only once. It is difficult to go because of the distance and the meeting is at night time. So I will have to rely on you good people for advice.
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Re: Tylecodon

Post by ralphrmartin » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:24 am

Hi Frank

don't worry, I'm in the same boat, living miles away from the nearest branch. You'll find a lively discussion and lots of helpful people on here.

As to poisons, I've never had problems from Tylecodons, but twice I have had an "industrial accident" at work - I kept some Euphorbias as office plants, and must have touched the leaves while watering them, and then rubbed my eyes. (No obvious damage to the leaves, just touching them is enough). The net result was excruciating burning pain in my eyes, and having to use an eye bath, and my head under the tap, to rinse my eyes out.

Fortunately, the health and safety officer didn't tell me to get rid of the plants - but that was because I was the H&S officer... :grin:

So, Tylecodons are OK, but beware Euphorbias...

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Re: Tylecodon

Post by el48tel » Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:05 pm

ralphrmartin wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:24 am
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Fortunately, the health and safety officer didn't tell me to get rid of the plants - but that was because I was the H&S officer... :grin:

So, Tylecodons are OK, but beware Euphorbias...

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Re: Tylecodon

Post by Aiko » Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:36 pm

And also don't use your teeth (sometimes easier than to use fingers) to clean seeds of Cyphostemma, even if touching them slightly. You will feel a numb sensation in your mouth for hours...
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Re: Tylecodon

Post by frank25 » Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:52 pm

Oh no I have got 7 Euphorbias but I think I am OK with them so far. I know to watch out for the sap and I am careful handling them.
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