With the global warming and ozone depletion ever on the rise, we have always been informed about the importance of trees and their role is saving our lives. But did you know there are certain Indian trees that can take our lives too? Yes, there are certain trees easily found in India, which contain poison that is strong enough to cause immediate death. Read on to know more:
Cerbera Odollam – Aptly Called The “Suicide Plant”
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The deadly poison is contained in the kernel of the fruits that this tree bears. This is a plant that can be widely seen in the coastal regions of Kerala and its poison has been used for suicide and murder as well!
Datura Stramonium – Commonly Known As Datura
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I remember my mom and aunt use the fruit and flower of this plant to worship lord Shiva! Well, if you know the mythological stories, you would know that Lord Shiva had drunk up poison to save our world and maybe that’s why this plant is his favorite as the saying goes! From the stem to the fruit to the flowers, almost every part of this plant is poisonous.
Calotropis Gigantea – Called Madar In India
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Another plant whose lilac-purple colored flowers are used to worship Lord Shiva, the milky white latex of this tree is extremely poisonous. This is a wild plant that is widely fund throughout India.
Cascabela Thevetia – Also Known As Yellow Oleander
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This commonly available plant with its bright yellow flowers looks anything but poisonous. Containing cardiac glycosides, this plant can land you in serious problem through its poisonous seeds.
These are just a common few, there are several other such trees and plants that we see around us, which are dangerous and can also be fatal. So, now that you are aware of the toxic and dangerous nature of these Indian plants, make sure you are attentive, in case kids or pets play with these plants around your garden.
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