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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The Toxin in “The Suicide Tree” Has Been Called the Perfect Murder Weapon

For this reason, the study suggests that some cases put down to suicide may actually have been murders. Download the free app. Email us at dbsthh nus.

Written by Joanie Faletto. Apocynaceae Flora of tropical Asia Decorative fruits and seeds Poisonous plants. Which would then be, in retrospect, poorly named. Wayside trees of Malaya. Life Cycle It is an evergreen plant and appears to flower and fruit throughout the year. I run into him years later when I applied to the institute grad school program.

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. The plant as a whole yields a milky, white latex. Dr M Goes Wild. Sadly, the Cerbera odollam earned one of its gruesome nicknames due to the fact that toxicologists believe that it’s used by more people to commit suicide than any other plant on Earth.


Description A medium-sized tree growing to 15 m in height. And the increase in potassium? Views Read Edit View history.

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By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies, our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Digoxin from foxglove is only mildly biotransformed in humans. Also, I was no good in any way, and he already had one very slick young boy working for him at the time — who since then became a faculty at Columbia and is famous for some retracted papers….

The Concise Flora of Singapore: Tropical trees and shrubs – A selection for urban plantings. Retrieved from ” https: For another source of cerberin toxicity, check out the Coconut Crab…yes, crab, here.

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Our Best Articles Daily. The Cerbera odollam is a medium-sized hardwood tree, endemic to India and southeast Asia, that can grow up to 32 feet 10 meters tall. The seed of this plant is poisonous and have been used in the Phillippines to stupefy fish.

Sign up for our daily email here. Native, Naturalised and Cultivated Species. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here You just joined millions of people that love getting smarter every day. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: But I do hope she received additional help and support. You are commenting using your Twitter account. There’s enough cerebin in one Cerbera odollam seed to kill an adult human.


Cerbera odollam toxicity: A review.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The good news is that Digibind cross-reacts works with a wide range of cardiac glycosides — like oleandrin, digoxin, and cerberin.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Cerbera odollam is known by a number of odollzm names, depending on the region.

Prassas, Ioannis, and Eleftherios P. She presented to the ED with complaints of naseau, vommiting, and chest tightness.

Cerbera odollam toxicity: A review.

Singapore Institute of Biology, Singapore. In suicides and homicides people use what is available to them, which is why even in the United States we see such drastic regional differences. Things that sound complicated are usually expensive, and this is no exception. Temporary cardiac pacing has been used in the management, apart from other supportive measures.

A guide to the wayside trees of Singapore. Notify me of new comments via email. Pretty easily too, thanks to the excessively toxic chemical cerberin in its seeds. A guide to medicinal plants: Leaves, flowers and seeds of C.

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