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10 Dangerous Plants We Should Avoid Having in our Home

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Jan 21 6 minutes read

10 Dangerous Plants We Should Avoid Having in our Home

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Brugmansia is a genus of seven species of flowering plants in the family Solanaceae. They are woody trees or shrubs, with pendulous flowers, and have no spines on their fruit.

This toxic plant is originated from South America and it has three potent toxins, which are atropine, hyoscyamine, and scopolamine that has mind ; changing properties.

Note: its lethal components are not so deadly on its own but more when it is actually used as a biological weapon by people.

Castor Bean (Ricinus Communis)

Ricinus communis, the castorbean or castor-oil-plant, is a species of perennial flowering plant in the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae.

This kind of plant is commonly grown as an ornamental plant because of its attractive looks, as well as its native to Africa.

The well-known castor oil has been produced from processed seeds, but before processing the beans contains a poison that is known as ricin, which is extremely lethal even in very little amounts.

Deadly Nightshade (Atropa Belladonna)

Atropa belladonna, commonly known as belladonna or deadly nightshade, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the nightshade family Solanaceae, which includes tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant.

It is a plant that contains sweet berries that attracts children and unknowing adults to consume them. It has dull green leaves and shiny black berries that contain a size of cherries.

Note: This plant has atropine and scopolamine in its stems leaves, berries, and roots that will lead to paralysis in the muscles of the body, which include the heart. Physical contact with the leaves can result to skin irritation.

Death Camas

Toxicoscordion venenosum, with the common names death camas and meadow death camas, is a species of flowering plants in the genus Toxicoscordion, of the Melanthiaceae family.

It is one of the most poisonous plants in existence. It can be distinguished from palatable camas by its abstemiously dissimilar color. Its difference is a matter of survival if anyone tries camas.

Note: Consumption of little amounts can actually lead to quick death through organ failure, as well as blood disturbance.

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Nerium oleander is a shrub or small tree in the dogbane family Apocynaceae, toxic in all its parts.

It is known for its remarkable flowers and it is usually grown as a hedge and ornamental. It is deadly and contains lethal cardiac glucosides that are called as nerine and oleandrin.

The symptoms of consumed oleander are diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, coma, erratic pulse, and even death. Note: The skin can be also irritated if you come in direct contact with its leaves and sap.

Rosary Pea (Abrus Precatorius)

Abrus precatorius, known commonly as jequirity, Crab’s eye, or crab’s eye creeper, cock’s eyes, rosary pea, paternoster pea, love pea, precatory pea or bean.

Its seeds contain abrin, which is a ribosome constraining protein and is known to be deadly. Rosary peas grow in tropical areas and they are used in prayer rosaries and even in jewelries.

Note: Its intact seed are not poisonous, but the scratched, broken or chewed ones can be lethal. Only three micrograms are enough in order to kill an adult. Abrin has the ability to prevent the synthesis of protein in the cells.

Spurge Laurel

It is related to bay leaf that is usually found in public grounds and ornamental gardens. It has potent biocides that can lead to irritation and blistering, when the plant has been cut.

But if the berries are consumed, it causes major internal bleeding, as well as organ failure and death after a couple of hours.

Note: Tribes has been using this plant as a drug in order to treat seriously ill patients.

Tobacco (Nicotiana Tabacum)

The plant is part of the genus Nicotiana and of the Solanaceae family. While more than 70 species of tobacco are known, the chief commercial crop is N. tabacum.

Tobacco is one of the most commercial plant in the entire world that is used in order to produce cigars and cigarettes, and its leaves can also be chewed.

Note: All of the parts of tobacco including its leaves contain nicotine and abanasine, which are toxic alkaloids that are fatal when ingested.

Water Hemlock (Cicuta Maculata)

This is the most poisonous plant in North America linked to poison hemlock, which is the famous plant that killed Socrates. It has large wildflower, that is often confuses with comestible celery and parsnips.

Note: The plant, particularly its root is full with deadly cicutoxin, which can lead to cramps, painful convulsions, as well as nausea and even death when it is consumed.

Those people who have survived this kind of toxin suffers from amnesia and lasting tremors.

White Snakeroot (Ageratina Altissima)

This plant became noticeable after killing the mother of Abraham Lincoln, Nancy Hanks. The deadly white snakeroot

originated from North America that contains trematol, which is a poisonous alcohol that can be passed to people by animal products.

Note: The symptoms of trematol poisoning include appetite loss, nausea, abdominal discomfort, as well as acidic blood and even death.

Courtesy of: Read Digest

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