10 Plants That Could Kill You

10 Plants That Could Kill You

Learn about 10 plants that could kill you in SciShow’s first List Show!

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Sources:
Dumbcane:
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002866.htm
http://www.novascotia.ca/museum/poison/?section=species&id=88
https://books.google.com/books?id=99Dr7v8JOKAC&pg=PA57
http://faculty.ucc.edu/biology-ombrello/pow/dumbcane.htm

Foxglove:
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000165.htm
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/154336-overview
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002878.htm
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/816781-overview#a3
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/5-Suspects-Arraigned-In-Foxglove-Murder-Case-2823636.php
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3693787/

Cerbera odollam:
https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn6701-suicide-tree-toxin-is-perfect-murder-weapon/
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2015/10/cerbera-odollam-aka-murder-tree/
http://ntbg.org/plants/plant_details.php?plantid=2603

Oleander:
http://www.sgvtribune.com/general-news/20140220/she-killed-4th-husband-with-oleander-tea-antifreeze-laced-gatorade-and-shes-still-sentenced-to-death
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002884.htm
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3841991/
https://books.google.com/books?id=0pak4RWkdAwC&pg=PA113

Aconite:
http://penelope.uchicago.edu/~grout/encyclopaedia_romana/aconite/aconite.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19514874
http://www.thepoisongarden.co.uk/atoz/aconitum_napellus.htm

Hemlock:
http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/podcast/CIIEcompounds/transcripts/coniine.asp
http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopExt/4dmg/Weed/hemlock.htm
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/821362-overview
http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/animalsAndPlants/noxious-weeds/weed-identification/poison-hemlock.aspx
http://www.ars.usda.gov/Research/docs.htm?docid=9975

Nightshade:
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002887.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/poison/black-nightshade-poisoning/overview.html
http://www.thepoisongarden.co.uk/atoz/atropa_belladonna.htm
http://www.slate.com/blogs/wild_things/2014/08/18/poisonous_plants_belladonna_nightshade_is_the_celebrity_of_deadly_flora.html

Rosary pea:
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/abrin/basics/facts.asp
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15181663
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2672262/

White snakeroot:
http://www.library.illinois.edu/vex/toxic/snkroot/wksroot.htm
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ja01387a018
https://www.addl.purdue.edu/newsletters/2004/winter/finaldx.asp
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/plantox/detail.cfm?id=29788

Manchineel:
http://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-why-you-shouldn-t-stand-under-world-s-most-dangerous-tree
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1127797/
http://caribbean.scielo.org/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0043-31442009000100012

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20 Responses

  1. Barcel says:

    What about that plant that contains ricine?

  2. Asiasiowo says:

    In Poland we have Sosnowsky’s hogweed, which is dangerous for humans
    because even small drops of plant’s juice cause photosensitivity and burns.
    What worse, it is a highly invasive plant and it’s difficult to fight
    against it.

  3. Shirley Fan says:

    I love scishow. So cool

  4. Kevin Sean says:

    In my country, Dumbcane is a very common plant that people keep in their
    garden..

  5. Haey1 says:

    scishow becomes mental floss

  6. Adam Mangler says:

    There are literally hundreds more poisonous plants and trees known.
    I think the moral is obvious.

  7. Stanb662000 says:

    the thing we forget is most of this was found out.. the hard way …

  8. Ben Barker says:

    Number # 7 Deadly Nightshade. When Michael stated that people can build up
    a tolerance, did anyone else immediately think of iocaine powder?

    Buttercup: “And to think, all that time it was your cup that was poisoned!”
    Man in black : “They were both poisoned. I’ve spent the last few years of
    my life building up an immunity to iocaine powder.”

  9. metalhead2508 says:

    Isn’t Aconite what Hannah McKay used to kill people in Dexter?

  10. Video Graham says:

    Man, Michael is just getting better and better at being a host. He’s got
    the Hank Green sarcasm down-pat but with his own chilled-out spin. I’m
    liking it!

  11. Eir Kondisoner says:

    Should have included cannabis in the list as well. It kills millions of
    people wordwide every year

  12. TheRidingDutchman says:

    One of the most lethal plants is the waterlily. If you encounter it in its
    natural habitat and you stand under it unprotected for an extended period
    of time, you will die rather soon.

  13. Johey Jonsson says:

    It’s funny, in a very dark kind of way, that hemlock and monkshood are two
    of the more popular Midsummer pole flowers in Sweden. You can see children
    wearing them as wreaths and the poles are covered in hemlock, monkshood,
    buttercups, birch leaves, cow parsley, and oxe eye daisies.

  14. Andre Daigneault says:

    why no scientific names? that’s like using imperial measurements, you look
    like an idiot

  15. hannah Montoya says:

    I want them all.

  16. simmisumm says:

    He talks just like Hank! Are they asked to talk like this?

  17. Semtx552 says:

    Vincent van Gough? its Vincent van Gogh

  18. DropkickJoe7x says:

    I FUCKING LOVE LISTS!

  19. Mister Paradise says:

    I have a Dumbcane. It turns out that if you don’t eat your houseplants,
    then they don’t hurt you.

  20. Marcus Games says:

    When I think of killer plants I think of the giant Venus fly traps