Common name: Rhubarb, Pie plant

Scientific name: Rheum rhabarbarum

Hazard associated: The leaves of the plant are poisonous if ingested.

  • Rhubarb stems are commonly used to make deserts.
  • The leaves have high concentrations of oxalic acid which is nephrotoxic (causing kidney damage) plus at least one type of dangerous glycoside.
  • The severity of damage done by eating leaves is determined by the eater’s age, weight, and condition; by the variety of rhubarb, the amount swallowed and the time between ingestion and treatment.

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

Image credits:

“April 22, Rhubarb” by David Morris – originally posted to Flickr as April 22 – rhubarb. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:April_22,_Rhubarb.jpg#/media/File:April_22,_Rhubarb.jpg