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Hi, if someone could identify this plant and pods and let me know if they're poisonous for children specifically, thank you!


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    That looks like an Elaeagnus Ebbingei shrub. Those look like its berries. I believe they are edible. It's been used in Chinese medicines and in cooking.
  • Thank you, that looks exactly like it. And relieved about being edible, saved a possible trip to a&e!

    Thanks again.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,024
    Remember that edible doesn't necessarily mean savory. I've tried those eleagnus fruit and found them extremely acrid.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,609
    Strange way of deciding whether something is poisonous, or not.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,472
    As already mentioned By Papi they are edible but you would not want to.
    Have you opened one up?
    They have a very thin layer of slimey pulp with a layer of furry white hairy coating a hard inner nut. 
    Sorry all non technical botanically incorrect terms. Just for anyone who has never encountered them.
    They do look pretty. I only recently bothered to have a close look even though we have had one for years. But don't think they were quite ripe enough.

    This site below is a bookmarked page I keep as I like the details about the plant.
    Scroll down to the Eleagnus ebbingei heading for all the fruit details.

  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    An awful lot of popular garden plants are more or less poisonous.  Best to teach children not to eat anything they find without consulting an adult.

    I once ate some annual mercury by mistake, and very tasty it was.  20 minutes later, I found out it was a very thorough emetic!  
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,024
    edited May 2019
    punkdoc said:
    Strange way of deciding whether something is poisonous, or not.
    I was certainly not advocating "tasting" unknown fruit/plant etc. as a method of deciding on their degree of health risk. Just wanted to point out that given the new fashion of giving wild plants all kind of "virtues", most of them are just not worth eating (IMHO).
    Quite recently in the region of Nantes, not far from where I live, a couple ate the roots of an unknown plant found in their garden, and the man died. Suspected plant was Oenanthe crocata, hemlock water dropwort.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • herbaceousherbaceous Posts: 2,318
     A USA CSI style drama might suggest that it was suicide and he knew exactly what he was doing and served himself enough to die, but his wife only enough to survive so that his suicide went unnoticed. 
    I like your interpretation - never occurred to me :D:D
    or vice versa.........   :#
    "The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it."  Sir Terry Pratchett
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    You've been watching too many crime dramas.  Like me.  But isn't it usually the other way round?  The murderer gives the victim a lot and themselves a little so it looks like an accident.  I probably should get out more.  Preferably in the garden.
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