(Coronilla varia L = Securigera varia)
CHARACTERISTICS OF CROWN VETCH
Scientific noun: Coronilla varia L, Securigera varia
Common noun: Crown vetch, purple crown vetch
Family:Pea family – Papilionaceae –
Habitat: Field, grasslands, roads and gradients with a benign climate
Components: Corolinine, catartine
Active parts: The whole plant, but specially the flowers.
How is crown vetch like?
Coronilla varia is a herbaceous perennial rhizomatous plant of the Pea family – Papilionaceae – up to 100cm.
The fruit is a pod.
Drawing of crown vetch (Coronilla varia)
PROPERTIES OF CROWN VETCH
Medicinal uses of crown vetch
Also as a substitute of digitalis, in case of cardiac weakness.
Being so a dangerous plant, it is not advised to use it in homemade products!!!
Photo of crown vetch (Coronilla varia L. = Securigera varia)
Toxicity of crown vetch
Coronilla varia shows an extreme toxicity if flowers or fruits are ingested.
Side effects of crown vetch
Poisoning with this plant leads to the following symptoms:
– Slow pulse and death.
Is crown vetch poisonous to animals?
Coronilla varia has proved to be toxic to animals, except to ruminants to whom this plant is considered as a good forage. So this plant can be used to feed cows, goats, sheep, giraffes, deers and other ruminants but it can not be used for rabbits, horses or other non-ruminant animals.
The reason for being good to ruminants is because the poisonous components are neutralized in the fermentation process that takes places in a specialized ruminant stomach before they are digested.
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