Plumbago (Plumbago zeylanica)

A scrambling shrub to 1m with ridged stems.
The flowers are stalkless (sessile) or on very short stalks, white with five petals and a slender corolla tube 1.5-2cm long. The calyx tube is 5-ribbed, about 1cm long and covered with sticky glandular hairs.
The leaves are ovate, with a rounded to blunt apex and a long tapered base; 1.5-9cm long and 1-4cm wide.

Toxicity category: 3
Category 3 - Irritant
Warning: Seek medical attention if symptoms occur.

Common name: Plumbago

Botanical name: Plumbago zeylanica.

Other common names: Ceylon leadwort

Family: Plumbaginaceae

General description: A scrambling shrub to 1m with ridged stems.

Flowers: The flowers are stalkless (sessile) or on very short stalks, white with five petals and a slender corolla tube 1.5-2cm long. The calyx tube is 5-ribbed, about 1cm long and covered with sticky glandular hairs.

Leaves: The leaves are ovate, with a rounded to blunt apex and a long tapered base; 1.5-9cm long and 1-4cm wide.

Fruit/Berries: The fruit is a capsule 3-6mm long, covered with sticky glandular hairs.

Other: –

Symptoms: Contact with the leaves and roots can cause severe skin irritation, redness and blistering.

Toxicity category: 3
Category 3 - Irritant
Warning: Seek medical attention if symptoms occur.

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