Henbane plant in flower

Henbane plant in flower

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Caption: Medicinal plant. Henbane plant Hyoscyamus niger (Solanceae family) showing flowers and leaves. Henbane is one of the most poisonous plants in Europe. The flowers are bell shaped and yellow with purple veining, and are surrounded by pilose (hairy) leaves. Henbane is typically found growing on wasteground or at roadsides. Henbane contains a mixture of alkaloids including scopolamine (hyoscine), hyoscyamine and atropine. These drugs are mainly used as analgesics (painkillers), muscle relaxants and myadriatics (drugs which dilate the pupils). Henbane is rare and cases of poisoning are unusual. Henbane is also a sedative and toothache remedy.

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Keywords: alkaloid, botany, burundanga, flowers and plant, henbane, henbane plant, hyoscine hydrobromide, hyoscyamine, medicinal plant, nature, plant, plants, poisonous, scopolamine, scopolamine hydrobromide, solanaceae, wild flowers

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