One of the areas I’m most interested in botany particularly are the plants that bite back. The poisons collection here on ThatBiologist contains information on a range of poisonous plants and animals.
Series 2 – Animals In The Collection
Poison Blue Dart Frog – One of the jewels of rainforest’s this frogs bright colour is a warning to all that meet it. You definitely don’t want to nibble on this frogs leg.
Redback Spider – A highly poisonous spider that’s in a lot of Australians back garden!
Series 1 – Plants In The Collection
Poison Hemlock – Famous for causing the death of Socrates and the first to arrive in the collection Conuium maculatum is not to be messed with.
Yew Tree – This harmless looking tree is steeped in our history – as well as being highly poisonous!
Foxglove – This beautiful group of plants have stunning flowers. They are also deadly.
Angels Trumpet – Another truly beautiful group of plants with big flowers and the power to produce hallucinations.
Lily of the Valley – So what do Breaking Bad, Christianity and Wills n Kate have in common, well its got something to do with this flower.
Rhododendron – This is actual a genus but many of the species within it are highly poisonous.
Narcissus – The welsh wonder that is the daffodil!
Aconitum – Otherwise known as wolfs bane and an essential ingredient for every potion cupboard.
Atropa Belladonna – Could nightlock berries be real?
Oleander – The final poison in the collection – such a beautiful and deadly plant.