Black Nightshade
Fact File
Taken at  Ardmore Point on 15th September 2017 using Panasonic Lumix LX5
in macro mode.








Taken at Doonfoot on 3rd December 2017 using Nikon D5200 with
Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.
Fact File


Black Nightshade.
Species :
Order:
Family:
Habit:
Local names:
Solanum papiyam.
Solanales.
Solanaceae.
Short-lived perennial shrub.
Duscle, garden huckleberry, hound's berry.
Habitat:
Description:




Height:
Feature:

Wooded areas, as well as disturbed habitats.
The flowers have petals greenish to whitish,
recurved when aged and surround prominent
bright yellow anthers.
The berry is mostly 6 to 8 mm in diam, dull black or
purple-black
30 - 120 cms.
                                             Poisonous

Poisoning symptoms are typically delayed for 6 to 12
hours after ingestion. Initial symptoms of toxicity include
fever, sweating,  vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea,
confusion, and drowsiness.  Death from ingesting large
amounts of the plant results from cardiac arrhythmias
and respiratory failure.
Livestock have also been poisoned from nitrate toxicity
by grazing the leaves.