They are a story of how a puny little piece of paper took down the unsuspecting monster Man.Tree’s revenge for the cold-blooded murder spree that man calls lumbering. Here are 10 Beautiful trees that are more dangerous than poison.
1. White Snakeroot
This plant has been known to have been embroiled in a high profile murder case! Guilty as charged! Abraham Lincoln’s mother Nancy Hanks, on consuming milk from a cow that feasted on white snakeroot, contracted the deadly milk sickness and eventually died from it.
2. Angel Trumpet
This gorgeous looking plant is a native to regions of South America. It comes loaded with toxins like atropine, hyoscyamine, and scopolamine. Hyoscyamine & Scopolamine are both strong hallucinogens. Scopolamine is a dangerous drug which once extracted from the plant can be absorbed through the skin and mucous membranes.
3. Castor Bean Plant
Castor oil is widely known and used as an over the counter laxative but few people know that it houses deadly poison ricin. Ricin is so fatal that “A dose the size of a few grains of table salt can kill an adult human”. It inhibits formation of amino acids into protein. Protein-synthesis by ribosomes is the most basic level of cell metabolism, essential to all living cells and thus to life itself. Basically, we can’ live without it!
4. Western Water Hemlock
The water hemlock contains the toxin cicutoxin, which wreaks havoc on the central nervous system, causing grand mal seizures–which include loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions–and eventually death, if ingested. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has labeled it the most “violently toxic plant that grows in North America”. Need we say more?!
Monkshood is a deadly weapon full of the poisonous alkaloid aconite, which tends to cause asphyxiation. The main causes of death are ventricular arrhythmias and paralysis of the heart or of the respiratory center. Apparently, a simple stew of the roots of Monkshood could be lethal and cause death within 2-6 hours! Botanists urge people to handle Monkshood with gloves at all times! Dread the Queen, I say!
6. Mala Mujer
Mala Mujer is a perennial herb; covered with stinging thorns and is native to southeastern North America. It is often famously and infamously used as Nature’s barbed wire! The real culprit, however, is the caustic, milky sap that leaks from the plant. It has been known to cause painful skin irritations and discoloration. Of all the milky white sap exuding plants, this is one plant you need to beware of, not only for the damage it can cause to your skin but also to you eyes. If anybody is unfortunate enough to get this deadly sap into their eye, then they are in for some long-term eye damage.
Beware! Don’t you fall into the trap! The leaves, flowers and fruit of this plant contain cardiac glycosides, which have therapeutic applications but are likely to send someone into cardiac arrest should he eat part of the plant. The plant is literally “Heart-stoppingly beautiful”!
8. Poison Hemlock
Poison Hemlock is a perennial herbaceous flowering plant, native to Europe and the Mediterranean region. It is also a highly poisonous plant! It contains the most noted of all chemicals – Coniine. Coniine disrupts the workings of the central nervous system. It causes paralysis of the respiratory muscles which results in death due to lack of oxygen to the heart and brain. For an adult the ingestion of more than 100 mg of coniine i.e. approximately 6 to 8 fresh leaves or a smaller dose of the seeds or root is considered fatal.it.
9. Rosary Pea
Seeds of this plant are highly poisonous on account of their abrin content. Abrin, which is chemically similar to the ricin found in castor seeds, sabotages the body’s functions at the cellular level by inactivating ribosomes (protein building machines). The abrin content of just one seed is said to be fatal to humans.
10. The Suicide Tree
This plant is also infamously called The Perfect Murder Weapon! Its flavour can be easily disguised by spices and is notorious for being overlooked as a cause of death in autopsies. (I hope we aren’t putting any ideas into your head). This plant is easily a High Profile Murderer as, after a study by a team of French forensic toxicologists, they concluded that Cerbera odollam is used by more people to commit suicide and murder than any other plant!