🌸 The poisoning by this flower cause gastrointestinal problems, organ failure, and ends with tachycardia and heart problems. The smoke of the plant to be burnt is terribly toxic to humans, it is likely to poisoning by the spread of smoke that by contact with the flower itself. 🌸
MATERIALS: colored pencils, Graphite, marker, gouache and ink on recycled leaf-texture paper
The first of the “poisonous flowers” series. This is one of the most experimental illustration series I’ve done in a long time, both in subject matter as in materials, because it is the first time in my life that I use this paper to work, and it was quite hard lol.I hope you like it!
“Monkshood is a distinctive looking wildflower borne on shoulder high erect and sturdy stems. The common name for this plant comes from the hood-like sepal on the flower. The hood is thought to look like an old fashioned cowl worn by monks.
All parts of monkshood are poisonous, especially the roots and seeds, and the flowers if eaten. In the past, wolves and criminals were poisoned with an extract from the European wolfsbane Acontium lycoctonum. This species was also supposedly used as a component in witches’ brew.
Marked symptoms appear within a few minutes of the administration of a poisonous dose of aconite. The initial signs are gastrointestinal. There is a sensation of burning, tingling, and numbness in the mouth, and of burning in the abdomen. Usually death ensues before a numbing effect on the intestine can be observed. After about an hour, there is severe vomiting. Pronounced motor weakness and cutaneous sensations similar to those above described soon follow. The pulse and respiration steadily fail until death occurs from asphyxia.” -American Association for Clinical Chemistry.
Delphinium, or as it is commonly known as ‘Larkspur’, is a genus in the Ranunculaceae family. It is native to the Northern Hemisphere and the high mountains of Africa.
The name ‘Delphinium’ derives from the Latin word for dolphin. The plant has many flowers that vary in colour from purple and blue, to red, yellow or white.
All parts of the plant are considered toxic and can if ingested cause severe digestive discomfort as well as skin irritation. In severe cases poisoning from Larkspur can result in death due to cardiotoxic and neuromuscular blocking effects that occur within a few hours after ingestion. Larkspur is one of the main causes of cattle poisoning in Western USA.
Water Hemlock, contains high levels of the poisonous principle cicutoxin which is most concentrated in the roots, making it the most toxic part of the plant and one of North America’s most toxic plants.
Ingestion of Water Hemlock can be fatal in humans although the exact dose is unknown. It is thought ingestion of this plant in any quantity can result in poisoning and very small amounts may lead to death. Intoxication has also been reported following skin contact with the plant.
Symptoms of poisoning can include seizures, although these particular symptoms occur 15minutes post ingestion – nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, tremors, confusion, weakness, dizziness and drowsiness.
Sufferers of water hemlock poisoning many have complications of ongoing seizures including an increase in body temperature, decreases in the pH of the blood (metabolic acidosis), swelling in the brain, blood coagulation disorders, muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis), and kidney failure.
Additional neurological symptoms may include: - hallucinations, delirium, tingling, pricking, or numbness of a person’s skin, dilated pupils, and coma. Deaths usually occur from respiratory failure or ventricular fibrillation secondary to ongoing seizure activity. If a sufferer is fortunate to recover from poisoning, there are occasional long-term effects such asretrograde amnesia of the events leading to intoxication and the intoxication itself. Other ongoing mild effects may include restlessness, muscle weakness, twitching, and anxiety. Complete resolution of symptoms may take a number of days or, in some cases, symptoms may persist for months after poisoning.
Azaleas bloom in spring, in damp mountainous places; it is the flower of the astrology symbol Sagittarius. In the past, it was believed that witches used a mixture containing Belladonna in ointment they applied to help them fly to gatherings with other witches. Datura has a long history of use for causing delirious states and death yet it was once well known as an essential ingredient of love potions and witches’ brews. In Wales, Foxglove is declared to be a favourite lurking-place of fairies, but if ingested it can cause “deadly disturbances of the heart.” Frangipani flowers, most fragrant at night in order to lure sphinx moths to pollinate them, are believed by folk in southern and southeastern Asia to provide shelter to ghosts and demons …
Snowdrops symbolize new beginnings and hope because they typically bloom at the end of winter and announce the approach of spring. Growing close to the ground, they also represent death. Picking snowdrops and bringing them inside is considered unlucky.
The whole plant is poisonous but especially the bulbs. It contains two alkaloids, narcissine (lycorine) and galantamine as well as the glycoside scillaine (scillitoxin). Poisoning most often occurs when the bulbs are mistaken for onions. Initial symptoms are dizziness, stomach ache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Most people recover but a fatal dose is said to result in trembling and convulsions prior to death.