Top 10 Dangerous Plants

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We have always looked at plants like sources of food. They have been considered as constituents of medicinal properties. And if not, they have always added a great look to our homes or our gardens. But not all plants are worth keeping in homes or gardens. There are some plants that are highly dangerous and can also be fatal to human life. Given below is the list of top 10 dangerous plants that all of us must stay away from.


1. Water hemlock:

The name of this plant is Cicuta and it is commonly called water hemlock. It is one of the most highly poisonous plants. It contains a toxin known as cicutoxin which can adversely affect the central nervous systems in human beings. The symptoms also include nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness and could follow by seizures. Other effects could include dilated pupils, kidney failure, high and low blood pressure because of which a person might go into a coma. Death to can occur due to the failure of the respiratory system. The plant is so poisonous that many of the symptoms continue for months together.


2. Daphne:

This plant is a kind of an evergreen shrub. They have flowers and berries growing on them. It is well known as an ornamental plant. Though the flowers look very colorful, the berries of this plant are poisonous. It has a poison called the daphnetoxin present in it. If consumed they can cause choking in humans. Only handling of the plant can also cause rashes and other skin diseases.


3. Angel’s trumpet:

This is a flowering plant that is a wooded tree or a bush. This plant is called so because of the trumpet shaped flowers present. Although this plant looks beautiful, it is highly toxic in nature. All the parts of this plant have huge amounts of poison which could result is death if ingested by humans and animals. They can affect eyes and cause dilation of pupil in them.


4. Oleander:

This plant is like a small tree. It is a poisonous plant that can be fatal if consumed internally. The leaves of this plant are considered to be extremely poisonous. They contain many toxic substances that are extremely dangerous for the human body. Even a small amount can be lethal. Depending upon the amount of poison ingested, there could be a variety of reactions like cardiac effects, diarrhea, abdominal pain, varying heart beat, seizures, comas or even death.


5. Castor:

This is a flowering plant which has many medicinal uses. Castor oil is widely used and even consumed by human beings. However raw castor beans are considered very dangerous because of a toxin called Ricin present in them. The normal symptoms that can be seen if this plant is ingested are burning sensation in the mouth, abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, dehydration, low blood pressure and if not treated immediately death could follow within 3 to 5 days.


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