Friday, February 9, 2018

The Suicide Plant

In the rain-forests of North-East Australia, there is a plant with such a horrific sting that it drives many victims beyond the point of insanity. Dendrocnide moroides, also known as the stinging brush, mulberry-leaved stinger, gympie gympie, amongst other nicknames, dons small stinging hairs on it’s leaves that contain a potent neurotoxin. Treating a sting involves applying hydrochloric acid to the area, or picking individual hairs out with tweezers. Nevertheless, the injury inflicted by the poison can last for up to a year and horses have been known to run off cliffs in order to stop the pain.


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