Berries of Atropa belladona

Berries of Atropa belladona

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Caption: Berries of Atropa belladona. Atropa belladonna is commonly known as Belladonna, devil's berries, death cherries or deadly nightshade, and is a perennial herbaceous plant in the family Solanaceae, native to Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. The foliage and berries are extremely toxic, containing tropane alkaloids. These toxins include scopolamine and hyoscyamine which can cause a bizarre delirium and hallucinations, and are also used as pharmaceutical anticholinergics. The drug atropine is derived from the plant.

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Keywords: atropa, atropa belladona, belladonna, berry, deadly nightshade, death cherries, devil'ss berries, flora, fruit, hallucinogenic berry, nightshade, plant, poisonous, solanaceae, toxic

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