Atropa belladonna (botany)

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Belladonna is known to cause dangerous and extremely unpleasant experiences.

Please use responsible use practices when trying this drug and always have a trip sitter.

Atropa belladonna (botany)
Atropa belladonna.jpg
Drawing of A. belladonna
Taxonomical nomenclature
Kingdom Plantae
Unranked Angiosperms
Unranked Eudicots
Unranked Asterids
Order Solanaceae
Family Solanaceae
Genus Atropa
Species A. belladonna
Common nomenclature
Common names Belladonna, Deadly nightshade
Constituents
Active constituents Tropane alkaloids

Atropa belladonna, commonly referred to as belladonna or deadly nightshade, is a plant in the tomato family Solanaceae, which is native to Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. It has deliriant tropane alkaloids. The foliage and berries are extremely toxic, containing tropane alkaloids. These toxins include atropine, scopolamine and hyoscyamine which cause a bizarre delirium and hallucinations (analogous to datura), and are also used as pharmaceutical anticholinergics.

Etymology

The genus name Atropa comes from Atropos, one of the three Fates in Greek mythology, and the name "bella donna" is derived from Italian, it means "pretty woman" because the herb was used in eye drops by women to dilate the pupils of the eyes to make them appear seductive.[1]

References

  1. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/beladona