07 Nov '11, 9pm

Healing Garden's toxic plants open to tours next year

Singapore's first Healing Garden (picture), home to some 500 species of plants with healing properties, will open its toxic plants section for guided tours in the first quarter of next year. Currently closed to the public, it contains about 200 of the Healing Garden's plants. While the majority of plants are to some degree poisonous, the plants in this section are "particularly toxic" and can only be used for healing purposes in very small amounts, said Dr Nigel Taylor, director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. One such plant in the toxic section is the Indian Tree Spurge, whose sap can cause blindness, and death if ingested. However, if "treated in the right way, made into a poultice it can help in the healing of bones", said Dr Taylor. Other poisonous plants include the dumbcane and the oleander. For now, visitors can enjoy viewing the other "not-so-toxic" healing plant...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC111108-0000055/He...

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