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Cute Killers: 16 Unassuming-but-Lethal Poison Plants
Written by Sara on September 16th, 2008 - Topics: Animals and Habitats, Food and Health, Home and Garden, Nature and Ecosystems.
Most plants contain some level of toxins (like alkaloids) for defense. After all, they’re plants. They can’t go anywhere. Through millennia of trial and error, both animals and human beings have figured out which plants are safe, which are lethal, and which are somewhere in between. For example, did you know that many grain-bearing plants contain a toxin known as lectins? And that the African staple, cassava, must be thoroughly boiled and soaked to separate it from its poisonous compound, cyanide? Even the humble lima bean has been bred to contain less cyanide.