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Title: Deadly plants


1
Deadly plants
  • By Adam Schneider

2
Castor Bean/Season
  • Just one tiny castor bean is enough to kill an
    adult within a few minutes. But castor oil is
    made safe with the removable of the lethal
    compound known as ricin. This plant is mainly
    grown in California. Castor bean plant grows as
    an annual that can get 8-15 ft tall in a single
    growing season. They tend to grow straight up at
    first, developing branches only later in the
    season.

3
Castor Bean
  • Location
  • The castor bean was originally native to
    northeastern Africa and the Middle East. It has
    escaped cultivation and become naturalized as a
    weed almost everywhere in the world that has a
    tropical or subtropical climate. Castor bean also
    grows wild on rocky hillsides, in waste places,
    along road shoulders, and at the edges of
    cultivated lands.

4
Rosary Pea
  • The pea may sound sweet and rosary but its
    downright nasty, its actually one of the most
    dangerous plants on earth. Its seeds contain a
    particular lectin known as abrin if chewed and
    swallowed, death will follow shortly. The seeds
    are easily identified with their distinctive
    bright red jacket and single black dot (like a
    lady bug). Abrin, which does its damage by
    inactivating ribosomes, is one of the most fatal
    toxins on earth. If you thought you could get
    away with a quick death your wrong it starts out
    with the bizarre hyper excitability, edema, renal
    tubular degeneration, bladder and retinal
    hemorrhage, widespread internal lesions,
    vomiting, fever, nausea, drooling and G.I.
    dysfunction, then finally fatally convulsive
    seizures. What a way to die.

5
Rosary Pea
  • Location
  • Rosary pea has been widely used in Florida as an
    ornamental plant for many years. The native range
    of rosary pea is India and parts of Asia, where
    this plant is used for various purposes.

6
Bushmans Poison
  • Bushmans poison has famously been used by the
    Khoisan of South Africa to poison the tips of
    their arrows. Though the plant produces
    pleasantly scented flowers and a tasty plum-like
    berry, the milky sap can be fatal. The leaves,
    however, have medicinal properties.

7
Angels Trumpet
  • Related to tomatoes and potatoes, the angels
    trumpet is a highly effective hallucinogen, but
    should not be consumed for recreational purposes
    as it can also be lethal. According to Wikipedia
    The active ingredients are atropine, hyoscyamine
    and scopolamine which are classified as
    deliriants, or anticholinergics. Due to the
    elevated risk of overdose in uninformed users,
    many hospitalizations, and some deaths are
    reported from recreational use. This common
    plant also goes by many other names, including
    jimson weed, stink weed, loco weed, and devils
    snare. One 18-year-old who was house-sitting
    alone for his uncle recounts how he decided to
    prepare some angels trumpet tea in curiosity and
    almost died (a friend burst in on him convulsing
    on the bathroom floor and the authorities assumed
    he was on an acid trip). This plant is native to
    south America.

8
Water Hemlock
  • The poison hemlock famously drunk by Socrates is
    deadly, but the water hemlock is just as fatal.
    According to the USDA, water hemlock or poison
    parsnip is the most violently toxic plant in
    North America. The flowers and stems are safe,
    but the stalky roots contain chambers that are
    full of a deadly sap containing the convulsant
    cicutoxin. Grand mal seizures are followed by a
    quick death if even a tiny amount is consumed.

9
English Yew
  • The English Yew is one of the deadliest trees on
    the planet. The evergreen has a majestic and lush
    appearance and is fairly common in forests of
    Europe. The yew is considered by scientists to be
    an odd and primitive conifer along with the
    monkey puzzle tree of Chile and Gingko biloba
    tree of Asia. The yew has a rather sad history.
    All parts - save for the flesh of the berries -
    are extremely poisonous. Because the toxin causes
    convulsions and paralysis, it was once used as an
    abortifacient. Apothecaries would dry and powder
    the leaves and stems and give desperate women
    minute amounts in the days before birth control
    was available. Unfortunately, death would often
    result. This plant is no longer used for any
    medical perpeses.

10
Snakeroot
  • Snakeroot is most dangerous for livestock such as
    cattle and sheep. When cows consume the
    attractive fluffy white blooms and stems of the
    snakeroot, their milk and bones become saturated
    with the toxin tremetol and humans who consume
    these contaminated animal products will develop
    milk sickness (tremetol poisoning). In fact, milk
    sickness is what killed Abraham Lincolns mother,
    Nancy Hanks.

11
Strychnine tree
  • Queen Cleopatra famously forced servants to
    commit suicide by means of a strychnine trees
    fruit seeds, which contain lethal levels of
    strychnine and brucine, in order to determine if
    it would be the best means for her own suicide.
    Upon seeing their agony (which included painful
    vomiting, facial contortions and convulsions) she
    opted for the apparently less horrific choice of
    the asp. This plant is native to southeast Asia.

12
Moonseed
  • A plant with often fatal effects. The seeds of
    this Eastern North American drupe (stone fruit)
    are extremely toxic to humans, although birds can
    eat them. Moonseeds first cause paralysis but are
    fatal in larger doses and/or if treatment is not
    sought immediately.

13
Daphne
  • This plant, also called the spurge laurel, is a
    favorite ornamental shrub in Europe. This
    drupe-producing evergreen with waxy, attractive
    foliage and gorgeously fragrant blooms is also
    highly toxic. Consumption of the leaves or red or
    yellow fruits will first cause nausea and violent
    vomiting, followed by internal bleeding, coma and
    death. The Daphne plant is rich in the toxin
    mezerein. This plant is native to Britain.

14
Monkshood
  • Another unassuming plant - until you learn that
    the nickname for monkshood is actually
    WOLFSBANE. Thats owing to its once common use
    by farmers as a very effective wolf extermination
    tool. The monkshood has the distinction of
    evidently being the bane of many creatures its
    nicknames include womensbane and leopards bane,
    though it is also known as blue rocket and
    devils helmet. It is technically part of the
    aconitum genus, of which there are more than 250
    species. The wolfsbane used to be a popular
    werewolf detection tool, by the way. This is also
    what some people take who have lycanthropy, which
    in medical terms that means people who think
    there werewolves. This drug was used long ago
    to make people commit horrendous murders.

15
Monkshood
  • Location
  • This plant typically grows in colder regions of
    the northern hemisphere and has been seen all
    within a few meters of the open north Atlantic.

16
Equipment and Clothing
  • Just make sure you have gloves and a protective
    container to store these plants in.

17
Sources
  • http//www.floridata.com/ref/R/rici_com.cfm
  • http//www.livescience.com/strangenews/top10_poiso
    nous_plants-1.html
  • http//webecoist.com/2008/09/16/16-most-unassuming
    -yet-lethal-killer-plants/
  • http//aquat1.ifas.ufl.edu/node/23

18
License
  • No license is needed for these plants that I now
    of.

19
Pros
  • You get to learn about all the deadly plants.

20
Cons
  • Your might some how get these poisons in your
    body.

21
The HUNT!
  • Check online for areas that are most populated
    with these plants.
  • When you get there just look around there not
    going to run away.

22
Habitat
  • Depends on the plant.

23
Fitness
  • You need to be able to walk for long distance in
    different climates and have a great deal of
    patience.

24
What would this be like?
  • You could get up early or wait until night it
    really doesnt matter because there not moving.
    Once you get to the spot where they are said to
    be look around until you find the plant your
    looking for then depending on which plant it is,
    remove it with the proper care.

25
Education
  • The only thing you need to know is what part of
    the plant is poisonous and what parts arent.

26
Interview
  • More than 12,000 children each year are treated
    for ingesting exotic-looking toxic plants they
    find in the house or yard. There are 700 known
    poisonous plants in the United States and dozens
    of these can be found around the house.
  • By Rita Robinson
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