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Devil's Berries

Devil's Berries - atropine, bella-donna, deadly nightshade, flowers, nature, poison, death cherries
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Deadly Nightshade
Atropa belladonna or Atropa bella-donna, commonly known as Belladonna, Devil's Berries, Death Cherries or Deadly Nightshade, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the family Solanaceae, native to Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia.

The foliage and berries are extremely toxic, containing tropane alkaloids.
These toxins include scopolamine and hyoscyamine which cause a bizarre delirium and hallucinations, and are also used as pharmaceutical anticholinergics. The drug atropine is derived from the plant.
It has a long history of use as a medicine, cosmetic, and poison.
Before the Middle Ages, it was used as an anaesthetic for surgery, the ancient Romans used it as a poison (the wife of Emperor Augustus and the wife of Claudius both used it to murder contemporaries) and predating this it was used to make poison tipped arrows.

The genus name "atropa" comes from Atropos, one of the three Fates in Greek mythology, and the name "bella donna" is derived from Italian and means "beautiful woman".
Shadow_Chaser Uploaded by Shadow_Chaser on . Devil's Berries - Desktop Nexus Nature Download free wallpapers and background images: Devil's Berries. Desktop Nexus Nature background ID 629133. Deadly Nightshade
Atropa belladonna or Atropa bella-donna, commonly known as Belladonna, Devil's Berries, Death Cherries or Deadly Nightshade, is a perennial herbaceous plant in the family Solanaceae, native to Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia.

The foliage and berries are extremely toxic, containing tropane alkaloids.
These toxins include scopolamine and hyoscyamine which cause a bizarre delirium and hallucinations, and are also used as pharmaceutical anticholinergics. The drug atropine is derived from the plant.
It has a long history of use as a medicine, cosmetic, and poison.
Before the Middle Ages, it was used as an anaesthetic for surgery, the ancient Romans used it as a poison (the wife of Emperor Augustus and the wife of Claudius both used it to murder contemporaries) and predating this it was used to make poison tipped arrows.

The genus name "atropa" comes from Atropos, one of the three Fates in Greek mythology, and the name "bella donna" is derived from Italian and means "beautiful woman".
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caramelie
Posted by caramelie on 04/01/11 at 12:50 PM
Beautiful colours! fav+1
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Uploaded By: Shadow_Chaser
Date Uploaded: March 31, 2011
Filename: adly-Nightshade-III.jpg
Original Resolution: 1000x982
File Size: 238.28KB
Category: Flowers

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