Some Unknown Toxic Plants Found In Nepal



Nepal is diversified with beautiful variety of flora and fauna. Here are some plants that are toxic to health.

Aloe Vera: It has been used for thousands of years to treat burns. It is also common practice for cosmetic companies in makeup, tissues, moisturizers, soaps, sunscreens, incense, shaving cream and shampoos. The gel, which is not poisonous, inside the leaves, is covered in a thin layer of Aloin and Anthraquinone c-glycoside, which are very toxic. If eaten in large enough quantities, it is known to cause abdominal cramping, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and red urine.

Azalea Rhododendron spp.: All parts of the Rhododendron are highly toxic, and may be fatal if eaten. Symptoms from ingestion include over-salivation, watering of eyes and nose, abdominal pain, loss of energy, depression, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, difficulty breathing, progressive paralysis of arms and legs and coma, usually leading to death.

Datura Stramonium: Hindus believe Lord Shiva is often seen with Datura. It causes intense hallucinations and delirium. All parts of the Datura plant contains dangerous levels of poisonous alkaloids. It is often fatal when ingested by humans and animals, including livestock and pets. Datura intoxication typically produces a complete inability to differentiate reality from fantasy. Other symptoms reported include hyperthermia, tachycardia, bizarre and possibly violent behavior and severe mydriasis with resultant painful photophobia that can last for several days.

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