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Are Morning Glories Toxic?

Wayne Scharf natron at kaiwan009.kaiwan.com
Sat Jul 15 18:49:54 EST 1995

In article <3u2pth$h93 at postman.is.kochi-u.ac.jp>,
Tatsuya Okamoto <tokamoto at cc.kochi-u.ac.jp> wrote:
>In article <3tv1c1$pqt at newsbf02.news.aol.com>, chammie at aol.com says...
>>I was wondering if morning glories (Ipomoea) are toxic...they are prolific
>>in my yard and I was thinking of moving some into my reptile enclosure.
>>The reptile in the cage is omnivorous and will snack on any plant in
>>there...I presently have a hibiscus and pothos in there.  All the books I
>>have read don't have the toxicity data on Ipomoea...Thanks!
>>                                         Joe
>Seeds of Ipomoea nil (=Pharbitis ni, morning glory) contain pharbitin (glycoside). 
> This substance cause diarrhea if one eat about 7 seeds (about 0.3 g) .
>I have no information on the effects of pharbitin on reptile.
>T. Okamoto

If memory serves, in the hippie days, morning glory seeds had an 
ambiguous reputation as a rather bad psychedelic...

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