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Deadly Nightshade

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Laney Huskey

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By: Laney Huskey, Carson Reed, Brianna Ballard
Deadly Nightshade
Basic Facts
Before the middle ages it was used as an anesthetic for surgery
Foliage and berries are extremely toxic
Contains tropane alkaloids
Used as pharmaceutical anticholinergics
The drug atropine is derived from deadly nightshade
Deadly nightshade is a perennial herdaceous plant
Poison
Romans used it as a poison
Used to make poison tipped arrows
Ingestion of a single leaf of plant can be fatal to an adult human
It’s believe that the Scots once knocked off a Danish army by leaving them tribute of barrels of beer, laced with deadly nightshade.
Medicine
Its ability to dilate pupils is taken advantage of by eye surgeons
When applied topically, it is also quite effective in reducing pain, as in rheumatism, sciatica, or neuralgia.
Belladonna contains the alkaloid atropine in its roots, leaves, blossoms, and berries. It grows as a weedy, dark green herb with purple flowers. Many common foods also belong to the nightshade family, including potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant.
Citations
Deadly Nightshade. (n.d.). Retrieved April 13, 2015, from https://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2013/lambert_made/facts.htm
THE POISON GARDEN website . (n.d.). Retrieved April 13, 2015, from http://www.thepoisongarden.co.uk/atoz/atropa_belladonna.htm
Largo, M. (n.d.). The A-List Celebrity of Poisonous Plants. Retrieved April 13, 2015, from http://www.slate.com/blogs/wild_things/2014/08/18/poisonous_plants_belladonna_nightshade_is_the_celebrity_of_deadly_flora.html
Atropa Belladonna: Deadly Nightshade, a lovely name for a deadly beauty. (n.d.). Retrieved April 13, 2015, from http://www.gardeningforwitches.com/atropa-belladonna-from-witchs-flying-potions-to-the-beauty-of-the-women-of-venice-to-death-from-the-sweet-berries-of-deadly-nightshade/
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