Last week I mentioned a poisonous plant in my garden that could kill. Let’s take a look at that plant again…
Make a cup of tea out of that if you can!
Yes, I’ve removed the tree, writing last week’s post actually scared me. Obviously I wouldn’t want my daughter or any of her friends to suddenly decide to picnic on the plant life in our garden, not that I think that would have been likely to have happened.
The main reason it’s gone is because we have a Labrador. There are two things everybody knows about Labradors, 1) they are inherently stupid and 2) they will eat anything.
If our puppy were ever to have eaten any part of this tree it really could have been her last supper. So our Angel’s Trumpet is no more. This week though I’m going to be looking at…
Poisonous Australian plants that are not in my garden
Blackbean: Castanospermum australe
Deadly nightshade: Atropa belladonna
It’s the berries that will get you here, they are very poisonous. Can cause hallucinations, erratic behaviour, hysteria, well, not too different from the effects caused by Angel’s Trumpet as mentioned last week.
Strychnine tree: Strychnos nux-vomica
This trees blossoms and bark can be poisonous but it’s the orange coloured fruit you see there that can do the worst damage. How do convulsions, paralysis and death sound?
Oleander: Nerium oleander
Milky mangrove: Excoecaria agallocha
Nettle family: Urticaceae
Nettles, not so exciting, doesn’t every country have stinging nettles? So I won’t bother with a photograph here, instead I will provide you with a link to my post about (possibly) the scariest nettle tree in the world.
There you have my little roundup of poisonous Australian plants. If you add last weeks Angel’s Trumpet then we actually have ourselves a top 10 list of Australian poisonous plants.
Hmm, this post sure smells good, doesn’t it? Just don’t eat it.
I would like to thank the National Geographic without whom this post would not have been possible. In fact, I have deliberately kept the information in my post as sparse as possible because I really want you to go to their page for the full information.
This post also could not have been as aesthetically pleasing without the many photographers who have allowed me to reproduce their work. My thanks go to: