Colchicum autumnale – Protected and very poisonous

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Colchicum autumnale – Protected and very poisonous

Colchicum autumnale – It belongs to protected as well as very poisonous plants.

  • Deadly dose: 20 – 40 mg (5 – 10 seeds)
  • Death: to 4 days
  • Poison: colchicine
  • Aftermath: paralysis, pulmonary edema, renal failure
  • Where it grows: Southern and Western Europe
  • Occurrence in Poland: yes

One flower contains more than 20 alkaloids, the most dangerous of which is colchicine and its derivatives. Thanks to the appropriate dosage, they can be used for treatments of cancers. Medicinal products for rheumatism, ascites and kidney diseases are produced from wintering seeds. However, if you carelessly handle (for example when confusing with wild garlic leaves), poisoning may occur. Fowl and goat’s milk may also be dangerous. The first symptoms of taking harmful substances appear after 2 – 6 hours after ingestion. At the beginning you can observe mouth burning, vomiting or cramps. Without proper help, a man can die.

Neolithic swastikas – Oldest from the fifth century BC

Neolithic swastikas - Sican Vessel in the Huaca Rajada Site Museum

Neolithic swastikas – Oldest from the fifth century BC

Neolithic swastikas – One of the oldest swastika comes from the fifth century BC from the Neolithic period. In Iran and in the Baltic countries swastika appear on the ceramic shell. In southern Europe it also worshiped the ancient Hittites and the Greeks. Sign can also find on the American continent in the symbolism of the North American Navajo. The very word swastika comes from Sanskrit and originally meant happiness.