You already know that Mother Nature is trying to kill you. Check out the changing weather, country-wide forest fires and the many animals that can make you human. We are brittle little beings on this blue marble, and nature is aware of it and treats us much like the parasite that we think we are.
Elevating, right? Well, if you take a closer look at the world, the chances of survival don't get much better. Even the floral, colorful beauty of the plant world has its own hidden serial killer side. So let's look at some plant kingdom citizens who want nothing more than to end their existence.
. 9 Water Hemlock
Let's start with a bang, right? Everywhere in North America is a potent, fairly common plant called water hemlock. His descent comes from the family of Apiaceae which includes delicacies such as carrots, parsley and fennel. Rest assured, it might have delicious cousins, but this guy is bad news.
The water hemlock lives in the United States and extends primarily across the country and even across the parks of large cities such as New York. It's pretty, with little white flowers on an umbrella-shaped canopy and purple stems. But it contains the poison cicutoxin that drives the brain crazy. The body starts to sweat, the kidneys start to fail and it can certainly lead to death. Most of the poison is in the roots, but play it safe and don't touch or eat any of it.
. 8 Gympie Gympie
The water hemlock may kill you, but at least it does its job quickly. Australia's Gympie Gympie prefers to take time. And since I live in Australia, the trees naturally sting. Local stories that go back centuries document animals and people falling from cliffs due to the effects of the stinging Gympie-Gympie tree . The British army wanted to make a weapon from the leaves of the tree.
And what does it do to you? Well, for many, allergic reactions like sneezing and runny eyes occur after contact with the Gympie Gympie. Not bad, right? Well, for the next two days there is a growing feeling that "it is burned with hot acid and electrocuted at the same time". And this pain can last for months. One case even felt pain for two years after first contact when taking a shower.
. 7 Monasticism
Aconitum napellus is the real name of a cute little purple flower that has its roots in gardens across Europe. Fortunately, the plant, commonly known as monasticism or somber devil's helmet, doesn't cause much trauma if you just touch it. However, ingestion activates a poison that is quite fatal.
The main cause of poisoning by monks is when children accidentally eat flowers or roots or when the flower is used in herbal medicinal products . Once the poisonous parts of the flower are in your body, the heart is put under a heavy load. Nausea and vomiting follow, followed by facial and muscle numbness. Death is a very real possibility, and it wasn't until 2014 that a gardener died in England after being exposed to the plant .
. 6 Angel's Trumpet
Another flower common in the United States that is common in backyard gardens is the Angel's Trumpet, a beautiful horn-shaped flower with wide petals and a lazy, drooping appearance. And it is the striking color and appearance of the seed pods that pose a particular risk to humans .
It is not only the seeds that contain poison. The roots, leaves, flowers … the whole plant is just a time bomb waiting to devour your loved ones. Particular care must be taken to place the flowers out of the reach of pets and children. You can't even keep these things near a garden because they contaminate your crop. People who are human will still insist on buying these admittedly pretty flowers, though they run the risk of paralysis, hallucinations, coma, and even death.
. 5 Belladonna
Atropa Belladonna. Belladonna. Such beautiful, poetic words for a plant that has been a recognized killer for centuries. The deadly cherry comes from Europe and Asia, but is now widespread worldwide. It has small purple flowers and delicious looking, sweet, dark berries.
But it's all a pretty look, and inside death is waiting . The ancient Romans knew this and used the belladonna to poison their enemies' food. Macbeth contains a section in which Belladonna, an enemy army, was put to sleep so that it could be murdered by the other side. The Nazis used it to produce a poison in World War II. While Belladonna can cause serious health problems simply by touching the plant, actual intake can cause delirium and cessation of breath. Strangely, the deadly deadly belladonna can be used for some good medical uses. Some of these treatments include treating opium poisoning and dilating pupils during eye treatments. This is a recall to Venetian women who used it in the Renaissance for the same purpose to improve their beauty.
. 4 The Suicide Tree
Cerbera odollam is a tree native to India. There is nothing special to notice about this hardwood tree. When a team of scientists conducted a study of a region in India where the tree is common, they found an enormous number of deaths within a decade. Around 500 to be more precise. The other name given to the plant, the "suicide tree" is very appropriate.
Cerberine is the poison that the tree possesses. It is remarkable because after death it is not easy to find it in the human body. Cerberine is a poison that slows the heart, and it works like a fatal injection. If a person only takes one seed from the suicide tree (which contains most of the poison), death within a few hours is a very real possibility. And it is not difficult to eat one because they are in a fruit that comes from the tree. It is believed that more people commit suicide with this plant than with any other plant on the planet.
. 3 Doll's Eyes
It is called white baneberry and is most common in Europe and America. They look like wildflowers, but the small white berries that grow from the red stems give the peculiar plant its other name: doll eyes . Creepy, right?
If it is not enough to imagine Annabelle's eyeballs looking back from the stems of the white baneberry, the toxicity of the doll's eyes is gone. The berries look no different than yogurt-covered raisins or similar children's snacks, but when your child gets them under control and eats them, they can have symptoms ranging from simple sore throats to hallucinations, cardiac arrest, or even death.
. 2 Giant Hogweed Plant
In the United States, an invasive plant species has become more common in recent years. One that triggers a little panic because it is so big (it can get over 30 cm high) and it can devastate the human body. It is called giant chickweed and was brought to America from Asia in 1917 for decorative use.
Then it got greedy and began to take over landscapes all over the country . You could see it on the side of the road in the country or in forests near water. It has an umbrella in the shape of a canopy with a row of small white flowers on top of the tall stem. The sap that covers the plant can cause burning or even blindness. It can also intimidate you permanently, but luckily its size is its greatest weakness. It is quite difficult to accidentally get into one of these large, stupid plants to feel the effects of their toxins, and with far-reaching efforts by states to eradicate them, one would have to do a great deal to be injured by the giant chickweed. But beware.
. 1 Castor Oil Plant
If you remember the series Breaking Bad you know that Walter White invented a deadly vial called Ricin, which fell into the wrong hands and made a child very sick. The plant that Walter got this poison from is the castor oil plant, which is frighteningly common and the deadliest poison in the world contains 8 of these seeds can kill you. This is followed by three to five days of agony before your body releases the number of effects the poison has. Dehydration leads to a drop in blood pressure. Combined with diarrhea and vomiting, this is a deadly concoction. Ricin was used in a real world story in 1978 when a Bulgarian journalist was murdered with an umbrella end.
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