Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug
Annuals, Poisonous, Herbs erect up to about 1.2 m. high, often branching near the base., Herb
Flowers have 4-6, bright yellow petals (cream-yellow or white forms) and many stamens., Flowers 2.5–4.5 cm. in diameter, subtended by 1 or 2 foliaceous bracts.
Capsule oblong to broadly ellipsoid, 1.2–4.5 × 2.5 × 2.0 cm. ; valves 4–6, which split away from the vascular strands for about 1/3 of their length, exposing a cage-like frame of these vascular strands, attached apically to the persistent stigma ; outer valve-surface prickly in all tropical East African specimens seen (see Note below).
Seeds and other plant parts can be toxic if ingested. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a person’s age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plant’s different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.
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