Horse chestnut

Horse chestnut

Common name: Horse chestnut

Scientific name: Aesculus  hippocastanum and related species in this genus

Hazard associated: Although the nuts look attractive and edible, they are poisonous in their raw form.

Notes:

  • All parts of the plant are poisonous.
  • Although horse chestnut extract is used as a herbal medicine in some countries, it is still regarded as poisonous in untreated form.
  • The edible chestnut (Castanea species) is not related to the horse chestnut although the nuts look superficially similar. See a side-by-side comparison at http://www.cityfarmer.info/2009/10/12/harvesting-edible-chestnuts-in-vancouver/

Horse chestnut and Edible Chestnut

Horse chestnutEdible chestnut
Horse chestnut flowers and leaves
Horse chestnut flowers and leaves
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Edible chestnut flowers
Closeup of horse chestnut seed cover
Closeup of horse chestnut seed cover
edible chestnut seed cover
Edible chestnut seed cover

  Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aesculus_hippocastanum

Image credits

“Aesculus hippocastanum fruit” by Solipsist – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aesculus_hippocastanum_fruit.jpg#/media/File:Aesculus_hippocastanum_fruit.jpg
“Chestnut flowers” by Taken byfir0002 | flagstaffotos.com.auCanon 20D + Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 – Own work. Licensed under GFDL 1.2 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chestnut_flowers.jpg#/media/File:Chestnut_flowers.jpg
“Castanea sativa 0006” by H. Zell – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Castanea_sativa_0006.jpg#/media/File:Castanea_sativa_0006.jpg