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jmcosenza
1253136.  Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:30 am Reply with quote

If you haven't already read it, I highly suggest the book Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart.
Read about the Sandbox tree in the West Indies and Central and South America that has fruit that explodes when ripe, ejecting poisonous seeds hundreds of feet, thereby earning the nickname "dynamite tree".
Or Australia's Stinging tree, their most painful (and feared) tree.
And then there's the Suicide tree in Kerala, India. The deadly seed from its fruit is responsible for 25-30 successful suicides (out of about 100 attempts) a DAY!

 
tetsabb
1253219.  Thu Oct 05, 2017 11:25 am Reply with quote

So it's not just animals in Australia that are out to kill humans?

 
fwk
1253457.  Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:50 am Reply with quote

On a milder note, I remember watching a video a while back about poison ivy and how to stop a rash from forming. The rash is caused by a greasy oil of the poison ivy called urushiol which takes a while to absorb into the skin. Soap, water, washcloth and vigorous scrubbing should remove most of the oil and minimise rashes.

https://www.sciencealert.com/a-scientist-explains-the-trick-to-never-getting-a-poison-ivy-rash-again

 
jmcosenza
1253526.  Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:45 pm Reply with quote

fwk wrote:
On a milder note, I remember watching a video a while back about poison ivy and how to stop a rash from forming. The rash is caused by a greasy oil of the poison ivy called urushiol which takes a while to absorb into the skin. Soap, water, washcloth and vigorous scrubbing should remove most of the oil and minimise rashes.

https://www.sciencealert.com/a-scientist-explains-the-trick-to-never-getting-a-poison-ivy-rash-again


There are also medicated cleansers that are specifically for washing away urushiol oil.

 
Alexander Howard
1253939.  Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:57 am Reply with quote

The extensive gardens of Alnwick Castle include the "Poison Garden", where all sorts of poisonous plants are grown (visits with a guide only); some mild, some vicious, several dangerously psychoactive. The Poison Garden is a very popular attraction. It was created by the current Duchess of Northumberland. The Duke remains in good health.

I was a little worried that so many of the plants I saw there are also growing in my garden at home.

None of them though is as psychotic as those described in the first post in this thread.

 
Baryonyx
1254049.  Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:58 am Reply with quote

Tom Scott went there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGo9gYypQc8

 
Bondee
1254176.  Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:39 pm Reply with quote

A garden full of poisonous plants is one of the plot devices in the Ian Fleming novel, You Only Live Twice.

When James Bond's mission in Japan can no longer continue, Japanese agent Tiger Tanaka asks him to kill Dr. Guntram Shatterhand, who keeps a "Garden of Death" in a nearby ancient castle, to which people travel from all over the country to commit suicide.

 
fwk
1254181.  Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:51 pm Reply with quote

For some reason I'd assumed the Alnwick Poison Garden was a product of a Victorian eccentric. I didn't know that it was only installed in 2005. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Alnwick_Garden#Poison_Garden

 
'yorz
1254207.  Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:22 pm Reply with quote

Knew that. Been there, and was very much taken with the Vietnamese Basil that they grow as well. Much more pungent than the usual one.

 
monzac
1254220.  Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:14 pm Reply with quote

It is extremely easy to grow. If you get any with a meal, just pop the stalks in a glass of water and they'll start forming roots. Well, they do here, maybe it's the climate.

 

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