P for Phytotoxins – #atozchallenge


“A Brilliant Conspiracy” Episode 16.

Blurb & other Episodes


Phytotoxins quickly ravaged sturdy beings; elements that killed grooms, horses and fauna – unwitting victims.

Wood absorbed deadly compounds into xylem liquid; mirroring necrotic yellowing of jaundice.




Phytotoxins                 plant poisons

Xylem                         plant tissue

Necrotic                      pertaining to the death of tissue in response to disease or injury.

Zoopery                       experimentation on animals



Archibald’s ‘Horse of the Day’


Phar Lap: As Australia and New Zealand’s most famed Thoroughbred racehorse. who won 37 of his 51 career starts, this is a Punter’s dream.

[While the fate of Phar Lap has never been resolved, the popular consensus from a 2000 necropsy is that he was poisoned with a large dose of arsenic.]


Jamila’s ‘Daily Poison’


Pyrethrum (Tanacetum cinerariifolium);

Distribution: Tasmania, Ecuador, Balkans, Kenya, Tanzania;

Toxic principle: pyrethrins; Though pyrethrins are typically viewed as being among the safest insecticides in the market due to their rapid degradation in the environment, synthetic pyrethroids are comparatively toxic.

Symptoms: In mammals, toxic exposure to pyrethrum can lead to tongue and lip numbness, drooling, lethargy, muscle tremors, respiratory failure, vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures, paralysis, and death.


Word Links







The Challenge runs over 26 days – with Sundays off for good behaviour – and each day will be based on the alphabet, from A through to Z.

Read more about the Challenge I set myself in my Theme Reveal:

Blogging from A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal 2016

For more on the Blogging from A to Z Challenge and to visit the other brave bloggers, go to the official site and this linky list.



2 thoughts on “P for Phytotoxins – #atozchallenge

    • That was totally new on me so a useful discovery. Re pyrethrins – naturally derived with a low persistence, they used to be one of the insecticides acceptable to organic farmers IF they used pyrethrum drenches. Not sure if that is acceptable.


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