Aesculus hippocastanum

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A deciduous tree, the bark or fruit of which contains coumarins, flavonoids, saponins, tannins; it is believed to be anti-inflammatory; it is administered as an extract or decoction for arthritis, haemorrhoids, varicose veins, and to stimulate circulation; it is used topically for muscle pain and cramps
Toxicity HCs are poisonous, and may be fatal in children

Aesculus hippocastanum

(es'ku-lus hip?o-kas'ta-num) [L. aesculus hippocastanum, horse-chestnut oak] See: horse chestnut
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Richard Bottomley asked for a new woodland in his Coundon neighbourhood to include a conker tree after one was destroyed by workmen a month ago.
Coventry's finest collection of conker trees - horse chestnuts - at Coombe Abbey park are dying of the twin menace of leaf miner insect and creeping canker.
A corner hydrangea once struggled until the conker trees grew tall.
Hazel discovered conker trees in Jordan Well in Coventry city centre were dropping two weeks early because of the warmth.
"Around September time we tend to start getting a few phone calls about problem conker trees...
LAST week, because the sticks children were throwing to try and dislodge conkers were threatening to damage passing cars, the authorities were chopping branches off conker trees.
There have also been other freak weather incidents, like a ferocious hailstorm in June, conker trees flowering two weeks early and two tornadoes in two days in August.
Yes, the reason they chopped down conker trees in one area, banned sixpences from Christmas puddings and in one school even banned oranges for fear of a child choking on a pip - health and safety.
English Heritage has commissioned the study into the condition affecting conker trees. It has launched a separate study into a disease affecting box - one of the oldest garden ornamental plants.
Two controversial conker trees are facing the chop.
The conker is the seed of the horse chestnut tree, introduced to Britain from Eastern Europe in the late 16th century The game of conkers is unique to Britain - before conker trees the game was played with hazel nuts or sea shells The world record conker won 5000 bouts In the 1993 World Conker Championships ex-Python Michael Palin was disqualified for hardening his conker with vinegar The first recorded game was in 1848 If a conker floats it has interior damage - use only sinkers for the game The name conker comes either from the French cogner, meaning to hit, or the Latin conccha, meaning shell Only horses, deer and cattle can eat them
Lord Falconer cited the recent case of conker trees being chopped down in South Shields as an example of the lengths organisations are going to in order to avoid being sued.