Oleander (Nerium oleander)

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7 of the World’s Deadliest Plants, Encyclopedia Britanica - 7 of the World’s Deadliest Plants | Britannica.com Score: 0.0/0.0

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"Described by Pliny the Elder in Ancient Rome, oleander is a beautiful plant known for its striking flowers. Though commonly grown as a hedge and ornamental, all parts of the oleander plant are deadly and contain lethal cardiac glycosides known as oleandrin and neriine. If eaten, oleander can cause vomiting, diarrhea, erratic pulse, seizures, coma, and death, and contact with the leaves and sap is known to be a skin irritant to some people. Indeed, the toxins in oleander are so strong that people have become ill after eating honey made by bees that visited the flowers! Fortunately, fatalities from oleander poisoning are rare, as the plant is very bitter and thus quickly deters anyone sampling the vegetation."

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Despite being 100% natural, this plant is so dangerous it can easily cause death.


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