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Published in Scientific Papers. Series B, Horticulture, Vol. LXIII, Issue 1
Written by Cristina Rodica MĂNESCU, Elisabeta DOBRESCU, Sofia NUJNOI, Florin TOMA, Sorina PETRA

Population tends to associate the term of toxicity in urban space exclusively with the pollution. Although pollution has as a counter-effect the existence of as much plants as possible, sometimes plants themselves have toxic parts. The aim of this research was to highlight quantitatively and qualitatively the presence of these species in the parks located in the centre of Bucharest. As a result, it was concluded that there is a worrying number of toxic plant species present in these areas, especially in those more frequented by visitors such as: children playgrounds, resting places and alleys. In addition, plant species with psychotropic effects have been found in all parks studied, some of them toxic enough to present health risks at recreational doses. These could have serious implications in Romania, where the use of new psychoactive substances (NSP) or more generally 'ethnobotanicals’, occupies the second place in the top, after cannabis.

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