Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum)

Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum)

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This image is part of the feature When Plants Fight Back

Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) flowers. This invasive alien species contains a sap which causes photodermatitis. This is increased sensitivity of the skin to ultra-violet light. Giant hogweed dominates vegetation in marginal habitats and along riverbanks and crowds out native plants.

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