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    Hey,

    While mowing the lawn, i got attacked (i ran into) our large, 8 foot tall cactus. Its about 10 feet wide, too. Its a rosetted one, with small black shiny spines on the sides of the leaves, and at the tip is a long, 2-3 inch black shiny spine. Can anyone tell me what this guy is, and if its poisonous? Maybe show me some pics too [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Hey Spec, *If that thing is posionous...by the time you get an answer it will be too late. *The affected part of your body will have turned black and dropped off. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif[/img]
    I suggest you get your affairs in order, send me your CP collection and then go down to the Sand Bar Restaurant to have your last meal of Sand Dabs.
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    By your description, it sounds like an Agave Americana - Century Plant.

    It won't kill you (Sorry Jan [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img] ) but it might swell up and hurt for a while.

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    And I was just about to ship Jan all my plants! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif[/img]

    Yep, thats what it is cactusdoug... only the spines on this one are longer. it looks like this:

    But like I said, with longer spines on the sides and ends. Yep, it swelled up for a while, but I'm alive [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

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    Oh yes! I have jabbed myself a few times on this species, and I can tell you it HURTS! I think there is some chemical on the thorns evolved to teach blundering mammals what for.

    A poultice of bread and warm milk placed over the puncture will draw out any nasty stuff if left on overnight. This also works well for any infections.
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    There is an actual form of arthritis that is from cactus spine punctures over several years. I have some pretty large column cactus that have gotten me good and the stiffness and pain can last quite a while. Needless to say everyone around my house stears clear of my cacti, cats and dogs as well.

    I once took a serious bite from a Euphorbia and had to pull over while driving to wait out the drowsiness and mild hallucinations.

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    I got a minor small from a really long spined cacti while it was in the car on the way home(it slid right towards my fingertips).

    The pins and needles sensation lasted quite a while.
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    S. purpurea and Drosera filiformis filiformis/ intermedia seeds waiting to sprout.

    Drosera capensis

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    I only know of one poisonous cactus peyote,aka. mushrooms,buttuns,etc.
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    Btw Agaves are lilys not cacti.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (pond boy @ May 11 2004,6:11)]Btw Agaves are lilys not cacti.
    actually, they are both. Some latin names have been used on multiple plants. search gracilis in google. you get lots of pics of lots of different plants

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