"Hot Stuff"

To: "Andrew Taylor" <>, "birding Aus" <>
Subject: "Hot Stuff"
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: 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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