Giant Hogweed Plant & Blindness?

The Giant Hogweed is a plant that causes blisters and blindness and is now spreading across New York.
The plant has become one of the most talked-about natural entities in the nation.
It's a very dangerous plant, its sap can cause third degree burns in your skin.
I live in New York and visit the park everyday, I'm a bit scared about this. Is the city doing anything about the Giant Hogweed plant?

asked by Oliver in Science | 2752 views | 07-09-2011 at 04:57 AM

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation is asking for people's help locating outbreaks so they can send crews to destroy the toxic plant.
Authorities are warning residents to watch out for infestations of the Giant Hogweed plant, which can grown up to 12ft and has flowers the size of umbrellas.
The Giant Hogweed causes something called phytophotodermatitis when it touches humans, causing scars and potentially blindness.
So far the Giant Hogweed plant has been found in 944 sites in New York including some in Nassau County, L.I., and Putnam County.

answered by Green | 07-09-2011 at 04:58 AM

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