Cerbera odollam, is a tree that grows in the swamp and marshy areas of India and southern Asia. Going by the common name “Pong-pong”. J Forensic Leg Med. Aug; doi: / Epub May 9. Cerbera odollam toxicity: A review. Menezes RG(1), Usman. J Ethnopharmacol. Dec;95() Cerbera odollam: a ‘suicide tree’ and cause of death in the state of Kerala, India. Gaillard Y(1), Krishnamoorthy A, .

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Cerbera odollam toxicity: A review.

That scandal was all sorts of fun for the chemistry blogosphere. Plants that heal, thrill and kill. Testing for cerberin poisoning is relatively costly and requires the use of “high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry,” which isn’t even a viable option in some locations.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. All pages needing factual verification Wikipedia articles needing factual verification from June All articles lacking reliable references Articles lacking reliable references from June Articles with ‘species’ microformats All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from June Would it be cheaper to send her to psychological counseling? Tropical trees and shrubs – A selection for urban plantings. The Concise Flora of Singapore: Human Uses The seed of this plant is poisonous and have been used in the Phillippines to stupefy fish.

The Cerbera odollamfor instance, is a perfectly beautiful, lush tree. Cerberin is a cardiac glycoside, which is a class of organic compounds that slows your heart rate. The story of this deadly tree takes odillam even darker turn, believe it or not.


It has a rounded crown with leaves that are simple, elliptical and spirally arranged. For this reason, the study suggests that some cases put down to suicide may actually have been murders.

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Odollqm it again it help save her life. Temporary cardiac pacing has been used in the management, apart from other supportive measures.

Description A medium-sized tree growing to 15 m xerbera height. Yeah, this is what actually kills people when death sentences are carried out by lethal injection in the United States, so you know hyperkalemia can be a bad thing. Flowers are white with a yellow center and grow in clusters.

Death by Coconut Crab Nature’s Poisons. Whatever you want to call it, just keep your distance. They sit inside an edible fruit, after all. Have you had any contact with the professor since then? Dr M Goes Wild. It avoids confusion, and life is too short to be dazed and confused. A medium-sized tree growing to 15 m in height.

Ingesting a seed will kill a person in just a few hours, but first, it’ll cause crippling stomach pain, diarrhea, irregular cervera rhythm, vomiting, and a headache. It can accurately be called the “murder tree,” too.

Cerberin: The Heartbreaker of the Suicide Tree | Nature’s Poisons

Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. A look at the deadly Pong-pong seed. The bark, latex and roots of this plant is being used in India as purgatives and odollaam. Singapore Institute of Biology, Singapore. Written by Joanie Faletto. Cerbsra from foxglove is only mildly biotransformed in humans.


Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Is the sugar moiety cerberx by stomach acid or intestinal microbial enzymes? Its branchlets are whorled about the trunk, and its leaves are terminally crowded, with tapering bases, acuminate apices, and entire margins. For another source of cerberin toxicity, check out the Coconut Crab…yes, crab, here. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.

Around half of the patients develops thrombocytopenia. Cerbera odollam is a dicotyledonous angiosperm, a plant species in the Family Apocynaceae and commonly known as the suicide treepong-pongand othalam.

He was not a professor — just a clever toxic steroid verbera trying everything to get ahead. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The increase of calcium leads to an increase in heart contractility inotropy 1, for a review. Both have a steroid nucleus with a lactone moiety, and conjugated to a sugar, with the only difference being the position of the acetate group. World Scientific Publishing Co.