Plenty of red poisonous berries

Photo: Arne Ader
Translation: Liis
May lily
 
May lily
Harilik leseleht
     
 
In autumn the habitat of the May lily is betrayed by the small red berries. The leaves of the plant are heart-shaped even when withered and on fruit-bearing plants there are two of them. There is one seed in the berry of this relative of the lily-of-the-valley, and the flesh has a sweet taste.
 
Folk name "wineberry“, it affects birds and animals that eat the berries or leaves so they become a little "drunk“. The berries are toxic to humans, and the toxins are the same as in the lily-of-the-valley.  
 

For children, eating three to four grams of the berries becomes dangerous. For calculation: one berry with seed weighs about 0,06 grams, and there are not very many of them in one place. So cases of poisoning by the May lily are not common.



 

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