Ligustrun vulgare (common privet, black wood). A member of the plant family OLEACEAE. Shrub or small tree with grey branches, dark green lanceolate leaves, small fragrant white flowers in conical bunches, developing into black fruit (berries). Privet is much used as a hedging plant and is common in gardens and parks.


[affected.gif] Animals most affected
Cattle, sheep, (horses).


[etiology.gif] Etiology
Ingestion of fresh leaves, directly from the plant or hedge clippings.


[toxic.gif] Toxicity
Contains a heteroside, syringoside, and tannins. Toxic doses not known.


[clinical.gif] Clinical features


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Lesions
Non-specific and not pronounced.


[treatm~1.gif] Treatment
No antidote. Symptomatic care only: