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Updated on June 9, 2012
Nepenthes Spathulata
Nepenthes Spathulata

Nepenthes Spathulata (Carnivore Plant)

The nepenthes spathulata is carnivore plant capable of eating small rodents. It's a tropical pitcher plant that's a Java and Sumatra native, growing in areas up to 2,900 meters above sea level. Shortly pronounced as N. spathulata, its a climbing plant that can grow up to 5 meters in height and 8 millimeters in diameter. Animals and bugs are lured in by the slipper-like mouth of this vegetation. The leaves are very slippery, causing the creatures to fall inside the mouth full of a liquid full of digestive enzymes. The animal then drowns to death and is slowly dissolved by the enzymes.

This carnivore plant was recently discovered in the 21st century. When the prey falls into the enzyme infested liquids of this vegetation, over time the fluid completely breaks down the soft parts of the animal, until only the bones remain. These plants are carnivorous because they can not obtain the necessary nutrients to survive in the area where they are grown. Where they grow, nutrients are scarce in the soil.

Autumn Crocus (Colchicum Autumnale)

Autumn crocus, also known as meadow saffron or naked lady, is a endangered species of vegetation that is considered possibly the most poisonous form of vegetation on the planet Earth. Although it is heavily toxic, there are some pharmaceutical benefits that can be accomplished from this deadly plant. The bulb-like corms contain a chemical called colchicine, a drug that is useful with narrow therapeutic index. Colchine is FDA approved for treatment of such things as gout and familial Mediterranean fever, and used in plant breeding for production of polyploid strains. It is also used for a synthetic chemical compound called ICT2588 for treatment in some types of cancer. It was successful in experimental testing for breast, bowel, lung, and prostate cancer in mice when used along with doxorubin.

Effects of colchicum on humans

The leaves, seeds and corm are extremely poisonous. These poisons were used by serial killer Catherine Wilson to poison a number of her victims during the 1800's. The poison from the deadly and endangered autumn crocus plant can lead to high blood pressure and cardiac arrest, leading to death.

autumn crocus. Possibly the world's most poisonous plant
autumn crocus. Possibly the world's most poisonous plant
The world's most dangerous drug Brugmansia
The world's most dangerous drug Brugmansia

Brugmansia AKA Angel's Trumpets

The angel's trumpet plant derives from the Solanaceae family which is native to tropical South America. Its called angel's trumpet because the vegetation has large fragrant flowers that look like trumpets, but it is far from heavily. The flowers have no spines on the fruits, and are woody trees and/or bushes that have pendulous flowers. They are grown as ornamental container plants throughout the world.

All parts of angel's trumpet are poisonous and the potential of overdose is very high. The leaves and seeds are the most dangerous parts of this plant. Scopolamine, hyoscyamine, and other tropane alkaloids are found in large quantities in the Brugmansia plant. When a person ingests these chemicals it can cause paralysis of smooth muscles, tachycardia (increased heart rate), diarrhea, migranes, halucination, confusion, mydriasis, rapid onset cycloplegia, and even cause people to die.Temporary insanity is also common from this plant. Many people use the contents for recreational use while others use it to perform criminal activities.

As you can see from the documentary above, this drug is not only dangerous as far as overdosing is concerned. People in Columbia are using this deadly plant's content for financial gains, date rape, and other types of horrible deeds. Free will is no longer in the mind of the person who has been poisoned by the chemicals in angel's trumpet. You are subjected to suggestions while completely conscious and articulate. Yet you can not act on your own and the person around you has complete control over all of your actions.


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