Colchicum autumnale


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Related to Colchicum autumnale: colchicine, Conium maculatum

autumn crocus

Herbal medicine
A perennial herb that is the primary source of colchicine, an alkaloid used for treating gout in mainstream medicine.

Colchicum autumnale,

Colchicum autumnale

toxic plant in the family Liliaceae; a cultivated plant that does survive also in the wild. Causes severe, often fatal, enteritis, characterized by diarrhea and abdominal pain. It contains two poisonous alkaloids, colchicine and colchiceine. Called also meadow saffron, saffron, autumn crocus.
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Colchicum autumnale, which has pink blooms 5cm (2in) wide and 18cm (7in) tall, followed by 25cm (10in) leaves.