toxicity of Boophone disticha pollen ?

Diana Chapman
Mon, 05 May 2008 06:20:47 PDT
Haven't had a problem.  I have been rubbing my hand over one umbel, 
collecting the pollen on my bare palm, then rubbing it over the other one.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ken" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2008 9:51 PM
Subject: [pbs] toxicity of Boophone disticha pollen ?

>I have several times now developed both a headache and sore eyes after 
>attempting to pollinate my Boophone disticha blooms.  More recently, pain 
>in the lower right side of my back (liver?  or just muscular?) lasting 
>almost a day after spending 10-15 minutes in very close proximity (1-2 
>feet) while pollinating the individual florets.  Today, I decided to wear 
>safety goggles and took breaths away from the flower, holding and exhaling 
>each time I drew near the flower to accomplish my pollination task. 
>Happily, I did not suffer the same ill affects this time around.  Has 
>anybody else shared this experience?  Does the pollen share some of the 
>same toxic qualities for which the bulb and leaves are known?
>  Ken
>  San Diego
>  USDA Zone 10
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