Plant ID forum: What plant is this? Found in hay

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Ryukai
Nov 2, 2016 5:18 AM CST
Hello. I found this plant among my rabbit's hay and I want to make sure it's not toxic for her. It's dried out, so I hope it's identification is not hard. Thank you.
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ScotTi
Nov 2, 2016 3:34 PM CST
Reminds me of 'Daucus carota' (Queen Anne's Lace) or might be Poison Hemlock.
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DaisyI
Nov 2, 2016 8:33 PM CST
I wouldn't feed that bale to my bunny. Queen Anne's Lace and Poison Hemlock look too much alike to take the risk. One taste like carrots and the other will kill her in an instant.
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Ryukai
Nov 3, 2016 8:19 AM CST
I don't think it's either of them... The leaves are not carrot-like (look at the third photo). The seeds look like the ones from poison hemlock, but the leaves are different. Besides, my bunny loves that plant and she's been eating some from time to time for a year or so and she's completly fine, she never had any problem... And the brand of hay from which the plant comes from is relatively known in Europe...
What other plant could it be...?
(I won't feed her again with it until it's identified, just in case)
Thank you!
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greene
Nov 3, 2016 9:53 AM CST
I'm having trouble following your words. When you said:

Ryukai said:Besides, my bunny loves that plant and she's been eating some from time to time for a year or so and she's completly fine, she never had any problem...


...to which plant are you referring?

I have rabbits. I buy Timothy hay. I have no clue what that plant is that came with your hay but I would suggest you take the hay back to the place of purchase and demand a refund. (Just my opinion.)

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DaisyI
Nov 3, 2016 10:14 AM CST
It could be wild parsnip.

I agree with Greene. Take it back to wherever you got it and get a refund.
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sooby
Nov 3, 2016 10:21 AM CST
Welcome!

Ryukai said:I don't think it's either of them... The leaves are not carrot-like (look at the third photo).


I don't see any leaves in any of the photos.

Ryukai said: And the brand of hay from which the plant comes from is relatively known in Europe...


From where in Europe does the hay come?

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Danita
Nov 3, 2016 10:40 AM CST
That isn't a leaf in your third photo. That is the sheath that is commonly present at the bottom of the petioles on Apiaceae family plants, including both edible and deadly toxic species.

I'd err on the safe side and return the hay.

Was it a bale of just plain timothy hay or was it a "gourmet" mix with herbs and such?
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greene
Nov 3, 2016 11:02 AM CST
Maybe it's Anthriscus sylvestris/cow parsley?

Wild Chervil (Anthriscus sylvestris)

Here is a link:
http://forum.degus-internation...

I noticed that in the UK the Cow Parsley is known as Queen Anne's Lace; not the same plant as Daucus carota which in the US plant known as Queen Anne's Lace.

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Ryukai
Nov 4, 2016 1:30 PM CST
Hi! Thank you for all your replies.
I contacted the producer asking for the name of the plant; I'm waiting for their response. The hay comes from Germany, from a field a family grows and sells inside the country and abroad (I'm from Spain). I would imagine that they have some short of control of what grows in their fields... I have managed to identify red and white clover, chamomile, dandelion, and maybe nettle and plantago (mixed with a variety of different grasses).
I never had any health problem with my bunny related to the hay they shell, not even with the "mysterious" plant... so I'm thinking maybe it's parsley (?)
I'll tell you when I get a response from them. Thank you! :)
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Calif_Sue
Nov 5, 2016 1:05 AM CST

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I don't understand the question/reason for this thread. You wrote:

I found this plant among my rabbit's hay and I want to make sure it's not toxic for her.


and then you wrote:

my bunny loves that plant and she's been eating some from time to time for a year or so and she's completely fine, she never had any problem.


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Ryukai
Nov 5, 2016 10:33 AM CST
Calif_Sue said:I don't understand the question/reason for this thread. You wrote:



and then you wrote:



Confused


I didn't see any health problem related to that plant, but I know of some plants that are safe for bunnies at low amounts, and if they eat too much of them it's bad. I want to know if it's okay for my bunny to eat said plant with no risks, or if I should pay a lot of attention on the amounts she eats.

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