Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna)

Contributor(s): David Godfrey

Introduction

  • Deadly nightshade ( Atropa belladonna)   Deadly nightshade  is a coarse herb with a thick root.
    • Branched stems 2-5 feet.
    • Leaves: ovate and alternatively inserted.
    • Flowers: solitary 1 inch long with 5 blunt points and dull purple color.
    • Fruit: purple-black berry.
  • Bittersweet Woody Nightshade ( Solanum dulcamara), found in hedges, woods and waste ground, is rarely eaten because of its objectionable taste.
    • Plant found in hedges, wet woodlands and clearings.
    • Grows to 2 m.
    • Leaves: oval-triangular, often heart shaped. 1 or 2 lobes.
    • Flowers: 4-10 white flowers on each stalk, 1.5-2.5 cm long (June-September).
    • Fruit: bright red berry.
  • Black nightshade ( Solanum nigrum) is a hairy plant growing to 60 cm tall with a round, smooth stem.
    • Leaves: oval to triangular, toothed and stalked.
    • Flowering season: June-October.
    • Fruit: black berry.

Toxicity

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Clinical signs

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Treatment

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Allison K & Day C (1997) A Guide to Plants Poisonous to Horses. British Association of Holistic Nutrition and Medicine.


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