"Andrew Taylor" <>, "birding Aus" <>
Fri, 22 Jun 2001 16:23:16 +0000
Birds also eat the fruit of many native plants that burn the throat of
humans - eg the base of the polydrupes of pandanas, the fruit of Smilax
australis, Ampellocissus sp. and a few others. A chemist once told me
that capsaicin was the 'hot' component in the former but I've no idea
what it is in the others.
They can also eat the fruit of Strychnos lucida with impunity (no, don't
you try it!).
I'm not so sure about mammals all being sensitive to capsaicin though.
I've owned more than one dog that liked my chili con carne!
Denise Goodfellow (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)
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