Abrus precatorius – Originates from tropical Asia
Abrus precatorius – The climbing plant originates from tropical Asia, it is used for the production of rosaries and jewelry.
- Deadly dose: 3 µg of poison
- Death: within 3 – 4 days
- Poison: abrin
- Aftermath: vomiting, bloody diarrhea, hallucinations, renal, liver and spleen paresis
- Where it grows: Asia, Africa and America
- Occurrence in Poland: no
The plant is not poisonous in its entirety, the leaves and roots are edible. The most devious are seeds that contain abrin. A small dose of a substance is enough to kill a person, and the first symptoms will appear after a few hours – problems with breathing, fever, vomiting or severe sweating. Finally, the respiratory system is completely destroyed. Asians are drinking a decoction of the root and leaves as cough and runny nosemedicine.
Oleander – Nerium oleander
Oleander – Nerium oleander – This beautifully blooming shrub belongs to the most common plants not only in the countries of the Mediterranean.
- Deadly dose: 2 leaves
- Death: in few hours
- Poison: oleander
- Aftermath: cardiac arrhythmia
- Where it grows: from the Mediterranean, through North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, to southern Asia
- Occurrence in Poland: artificially bred
In order to say goodbye to your life, it’s enough to chew on one leaf. The honey obtained from oleander flowers may also be toxic. The first signs of intoxication include vomiting, fever and dizziness. The substance directly attacks the heart and increases muscle tone.
History of the plant:
Together with Conium maculatum was the most popular medieval poison. It was used as a means to control rats and mice. In the past, many people lost their lives because they roasted meat on oleander branches.
Plants posing stones – Lithops of the succulents type
Plants posing stones – In the deserts of Namibia and Republic of South Africa grow Lithops, plants of the type of succulents, called living stones. It have to face not only high temperature, lack of water and nutrients, but also with animals, for which it is a tasty morsel. This plants use special camouflage. It thick, bulging and fused leaves resemble stones. Lithops reveal identity for a short time during flowering. In order not to lose water, many succulents do not develop stems and leaves. Thanks to this, it have a smaller evaporation surface.
Reading tea leaves – Shows the best future
Reading tea leaves – What grounds will show the best future? According to the proponents tasseomancy (or otherwise – tasseography), which is the art of divination tea leaves, it does not matter. You can foretell both the tea leaves of tea and coffee, and even from the sediment after wine.