NT0576 : Deadly Nightshade (Atropa bella-donna)

taken 4 years ago, near to Philpstoun, West Lothian, Great Britain

Deadly Nightshade (Atropa bella-donna)
Deadly Nightshade (Atropa bella-donna)
I had never seen Deadly Nightshade before, but recognised it instantly. There were several plants in the bing, all bearing the unmistakable shiny black berries. This is one of the most poisonous plants in these islands; one berry can kill a child, and two to five berries an adult. Nightshade is related to potatoes, tomatoes and peppers, all of which have poisonous stems and leaves. It contains various highly toxic alkaloids, and has a long history of use in medicine, yielding a remarkable range of drugs, including atropine, which is named after it.

It was also used for cosmetics; the second part of the Latin name, 'bella-donna', is Italian for 'beautiful lady' and refers to the practice by such ladies of using eye-drops made from it to dilate the pupils of their eyes, making them appear more attractive.

Interestingly, there don't seem to be any other images on Geograph of it growing in the wild.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 29 September, 2013   (more nearby)
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Friday, 4 October, 2013
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Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 0548 7664 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.4049N 3:30.9651W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 0548 7664
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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