Daphne

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Daphne

a genus of plants in the family Thymelaceae; contain dihydroxycoumarin glycosides, e.g. daphnetin; these are very toxic and cause severe irritation to the gut, leading to severe enteritis, vomiting and diarrhea. Includes D. cneorum, D. genka, D. laureola, D. mezereum. Called also spurge laurel, mezereon, garland flower, wood or copse laurel, wild pepper, spurge olive.