Have you ever wondered a scenario where an apocalypse happens and you are forced to run in the wilderness? On a less scaring scenario you happened to go for a hike and you got lost? Just imagine yourself there scavenging for food due to the killing feeling of hunger. Am sure you might end up delirious at some point and the results for that would be whatever you find that looks edible you can go for it.
In the wild there lots of plants with good looking delicious fruits, some of them look very yummy and harmless however not everything that glitters is gold. Some of the wild fruits you see are edible and very healthy to eat however the same jungle has other thousands of deadly poison plants that can easily snuff your life in a matter of minutes. Plants have a mode of protecting themselves too from their predators and in this case herbivorous hence they have stings, chemicals, spikes, toxins, bad odour, and other mechanisms of protection. They say knowledge is power thus why I have listed for you the top 10 world’s deadliest plants you should keep of.
10. Cerbera odollam ( The Suicide Tree)
Usually the tree is called “the perfect murder weapon” or “the Suicide tree”. This tree thrives in India and south East Asia and belongs in the same family as Oleander. The reason this plant is on the list is due to the nature of toxin in it which deadly to a human. This plant seeds contains a potent heart toxin called cerberin which is a compound that has the ability to disrupt and blocks calcium ion channels in heart muscles and thus disrupting heartbeat which can finally cause death. In India it has been discovered that this fruit seeds have been used to commit suicide and kill people than any other plant since they can easily ingested with spicy food.
9. Hippomane mancinella (Manchineel)
Manchineel name came from the manzanilla or rather little apple since it looks similar to an apple even its leaves resemble an apple. Today it also goes by the name manzanilla de la muerte, “little apple of death.” You will find it in many parts of the world but in large numbers in the United States. Manchineel tree is not friendly at all even when you’re not in contact with it. When you just break one of its twigs the white sap it produces will cause a fatal reaction to your skin such as skin irritation and rashes. When you happen to take its fruit which looks like an apple the physostignmine content in it will cause reactions such as coughing, nausea, vomiting, loss of voice, blisters in the mouth, swelling of the throat, diarrhea and other reactions.my advice is even on a rainy storm just keep of the tree because the water when it comes into contact with the leaves and then your skin you will definitely face its wrath.
Also referred as bull nettle or Carolina horsenettle. It’s a plant that is a distant cousin to the nightshade family and you will most likely find it in the United States. All parts of this plant are toxic but more toxins are concentrated on its tomato looking fruit. The tomato looking fruit contains solanile a glycoalkaloid that causes excessive salivation, respiratory depression, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, colic, and also affects nervous system. If ingested in large amounts the victim will most certainly die. Don’t just take anything that looks like a tomato no matter how juicy and plum they are.
7. Wild cherry
Cherries even though they look yummy and very appetizing they can be very toxic indeed. Some cherries are edible but as much as they are I can tell you to keep off. Cherries have got cyanide and others have got salanocapsine which can make you experience some gastric problems, vomiting and other problems. Cows and other animals when they do ingest it they end up dying so if animal can easily die from the toxins of the fruit why do you think you’re immune to it.
6. Castor beans
We all know that castor bean are the source of castor oil. Most of us or the people who use this vegetable oil know that its rich in vitamin A and D. castor bean is mostly native to Africa. Although the beans which are not actually beans but seeds they have enough lethal toxin ricin which can easily send you to your maker in a matter of minutes. Ricin is more potent poison than a snakes venom, or even cyanide. The only way to which is a bit fortunate the poison can only affect your body when you inject it or inhale it. When someone is a victim of poisoning of the seed one vomit, experience seizures, diarrhea, abdominal breeding, kidney failure, and death can also occur. For the symptoms to be recognized it can take a day or two but when its fatal one dies a very painful unpleasant death. It can only take two seeds to kill a child and 8 to kill an adult. The reason why it’s safe to take castor oil I because when the seeds are heated to a certain point the seed loses its toxicity.
This is one of the most beautiful flowers in the garden and is a popular decorative plant in many parts in America. Its native to Asia although today you will find it in the Mediterranean regions. It goes by many names but the Italian meaning which translates to “ass killer “should be a clear warning point of how deadly it can be if you took them as part of your meal. Am not scaring you but I can tell you that every part of this plant is toxic right from its nectar even smoke which might be as a result of burning it. Some of the toxins that make up its lethal armory are nerioside, cardiac glycosides and oldendrin. When you take just as its name suggests you will experience those ass killing effects in a matter of minutes such as vomiting, bloody diarrhea and other cardiac symptoms such as the heart rate might increase. Keep it out of your garden since you never know when your children might get curious of it and touch even worse ingest it.
4. Rosary Pea
Jequirity, crabs eye, Indian licorice, precatory bean, and paternoster pea all are names of this seed and the funny thing about the names is none of them could signal to the victim how deadly the plant is in fact having more poisonous 100 times than ricin. The plant is mostly common in India and this beautiful fruits contains red and black seeds which are used for making jewellery. The seeds normally are safe but if they are scratched their outer coating and expose the lethal poison abrin then there is a problem. When you are exposed to this deadly poison abrin which inhibits protein synthesis you will not breathe well, you will have fever, nausea, kidney failure liver failure, fluids in the lungs, dehydration and eventually death. It is perhaps the most deadly of them all.
3. Virginia Creeper
This plant is often confused with poison ivy due to their similarities. To be able to identify it you should look at the number of leaves since poison ivy has three while virgin creeper has more than five. This plant usually produces rash when touched but that’s not all it has since it has one of the fatal potent poison in it especially its berries.
This grape looking fruit has a very adorable name but the consequences of taking one of them is not so much something to be happy of. These purple berries that grow in this perennial herb when you eat them you will probably have very serious gastrointestinal problems, blood vomiting vomiting, low blood pressure, bloody diarrhea, nausea, among other problems. My advice is keep of the herb or cut it and protect your children from being tempted by the good looking berries.
1. Deadly Nightshade or Belladonna
You will find this plant in Asia, North Africa and Europe and usually it grows a height of 2m and can be recognised its bell shaped purple flowers and dark green leaves. This plant scaring name don’t take it for granted because these dark purple sweet juicy berries that will look so edible to your child can be deadly poison. They contain a toxin called atropine which usually causes blurred vision, headaches, hallucinations, dizziness, dilated pupils, muscle paralysis and convulsions. Just two berries ingested by a child are enough to cause death.
Ingesting or even daring to touch some of these plants will definitely be a dooms day for the unfortunate victim. Unfortunately some of these plants are in our gardens and if your baby is the type of a child that has an appetite on every colourful looking fruit take a look at your yard and just safeguard it. When someone has had one of these plants just rush them to the nearby medical facility without hesitation.