Many parts of plants or fruits will harm humans and there are many berries that will kill you. There are plants that you probably recognize, without knowing that they will actually kill you. Some plants will sting you and cause you to have a reaction such as a nettle or a thistle. All plants have a defense system to prevent them from getting eaten by us or animals, some are obvious they have thorns or spikes like a rose or cactus but some are not so obvious…
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These berries are a relative to the berries above only these ones are red in colour, they are also known as the Red Bane Berry or the China Berry. They are found in marshy grounds worldwide on riverbanks and in swampy areas. They have the same appearance as the white berry, but they are smaller and more sweet and they grow in larger clusters. The plant grows to be 31 inches tall, they have three leaves on the ends of their seperated stems, the underside of these leaves have hairs and the edges of the leaves are curled under with a jagged edge to them, unlike the white berry. As well as causing the effects of the white berry if ingested they have other damaging effects too, it can cause nausea, dizziness, gastrointestinal disfunction and can increase your pulse rate causing a fever. As little as 6 of these berries will kill an adult and it will only take two of them to kill a child.
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There are three types of this poisonous berry depending on its location, The Caribbean, The European and the American Solanum. They are more commonly known as the Nightshade Berry because of its appearance, it is a small black or dark purple colour and can be easily mistaken for a black current. The plant grows to 1.5 meters tall, depending on where they are in the world determines the size of the leaves. The leaves grow to be 10×7cm or a little smaller, they have a reddish purple colour on the underside of the leaf, this is very important to know because they are so similar to wild black currents. When these are fully mature they contain a substance called solanine which can be very dangerous to the human anatomy. The berry colour can differ depending on the species and location of the Nightshade. They can vary from a purple colour to a dull green, or a light green to a yellow colour or the colour of the above species. The solanine in these berries can cause a range of disfunctions in the body including gastrointestinal and neurological disorders, diarrea, vomiting, hallucinations, fever, paralysation, stomach cramps, headaches, hypothermia, jaundice or burning of the throat. If you consume over 3-6 mg of this substance you will experiance all of these symtoms and you will die as a result.