Top 10 Most Dangerous Plants In The Philippines You Should Watch Out!

In case you didn’t know, aside from animals that are a threat to our safety and could harm us unexpectedly, there are also plants that we should be watching out because of the danger it could cause us. Indeed, the reality is stranger than fiction. Just like how beautiful a lightning bolt from a clear sky, so as in your garden where a dangerous k*ller hides in your lovely and beautiful ornamental plants.

The earth is full of beautiful and different kinds of plants. But more than just having a beauty, there are plants that turned out to be a threat to our safety. Below are TOP 10 plants we should watch out before it could bury us 6-foot underground.

10. Buta-buta

Buta-buta is a sturdy plant and grows strong both in muddy and stony soil (it is usually found in the land side of mangroves) with its wood ideal for firewood and timber. This three bears a milky substance or latex that is acerbic, filled with toxicity.

A few drops can cause your skin to turn blisters and your eyes to lose its sight.

9. Talumpunay Tree / Cachubong

Talumpunay Tree or Cachubong is known to many common folks as having hallucinogenic properties. It becomes a form of a weapon or used to harm people. In China, this is mixed with good old tea. This tree is common all throughout the Philippines.

Hallucinogens, also known as psychedelics, causes hallucinations and can make a person see, hear, smell, feel or taste things that aren’t really there or are different from how they are in reality or sensations and images that seem real though they are not. Some hallucinogens also cause users to feel out of control or disconnected from their body and environment.

8. Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia or dumbcane is a plant native of tropical America but now widely distributed all over the world. This little thing can cause severe swelling, drooling, dysphagia, respiratory compromise, and dermatitis.

Every portion of the plant have this needle-like calcium oxalate crystals and if chewed by accident, these crystals are released to the system of the unfortunate individual causing intense pain and painful swelling of the mouth. As a matter of fact, native Amazonian people used the juice of the plants to act as poison in their arrows.

7. Rosary Pea

Rosary Pea is a native to India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the Philippines, known as a cold-blooded killer. This slender perennial climber can easily be identified because its seeds have bright red color with a single black spot. Abrin, its poison, has 75 times more dangerous than the ricin of the castor bean

6. Castor plants

Castor plants have been the source of Castor oil used for healing. But a wrong handling of this plant can cause untimely demise. Its toxin, ricin, takes 4-5 seeds to kill a full-grown adult and just one seed would do to kill a human in 2 days.

Initial sensation once the seed is ingested is the burning sensation in the throat and mouth followed by diarrhea and vomiting. Once the symptoms have set in, the process is unstoppable and the final cause of death would be dehydration.

5. Wolfsbane

Wolfsbane is a plant belonging to the buttercup family, also called devil’s helmet, contains large quantities of poison known as alkaloid pseudaconitine. This poison is so toxic the Ainu people of Japan have used the poison for the tips of their arrow for hunting.

Historically, Germany utilized the poison in their bullets and in ancient warfare in Asia the toxic substance has been used to poison water supplies.

4. English Yew

English Yew has soft, bright-red berries that are palatable especially for birds. But its fruit is the only part that is non-toxic, 50g is enough to kill a human. Symptoms include muscle tremors, difficulty in breathing, convulsion, collapse and worst, untimely demise.

3. Belladonna

Belladonna has useful benefits such as an antipyretic, antiseptic, antispasmodic among many other uses. However, ingestion of the fruit, especially of a young plant, is toxic. The symptoms include loss of voice, dry mouth, headaches, breathing difficulty, and convulsions.

The whole plant is poisonous and its berries are the most dangerous part. 10-20 berries can kill a fully-grown adult but as small as 1 leaf, where the poison is more concentrated, can kill a man.

2. Trompeta

Trompeta, also called as Angel’s Trumpet, has a beautiful and alluring flower. The plant is utilized as a hallucinogen and intoxicant because it is rich in scopolamine (hyoscine), hyoscyamine, and atropine. The Trompeta is home to dangerous alkaloids namely atropine, hyoscyamine, hyoscine, and meteloidine.

Its alkaloids could lead to poisoning, accelerate the heart rate and cause cardiac rhythmic disturbances that can lead to untimely demise.

1. Pong-pong

Pong-pong is a native plant in Asian countries, especially in coastal salt swamps and other marshy areas. It yields a potent poison used for su*cide.

Are you afraid now? Don’t be. It’s a matter of knowledge and being cautious. Be careful!