Anemone nemorosa (wood
anemone, crowfoot. windflower). Related species: A.pulsatilla. A member of the
plant family RANUNLACEAE. Perennial herbaceous plant favouring damp areas. Single
stem bearing three deeply-cut leaves forming an involucre under a single white or
pink flower. Fruit are a group of achenes, similar to those of the buttercup.
Animals most affected
Cattle, sheep, goats.
Ingestion of the fresh plant or of green contaminated fodder.
Contains the glycoside ranunculine, a very acrid tasting principle and the irritant
oil, protoanemonin. The whole plant is toxic; drying the plant destroys its toxicity.
Generally favourable outcome.
diarrhoea with colic.
dyspnoea, haematuria, malaise.
No antidote. Symptomatic care only:
adsorbents, gastric demulcents and antacids.