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.. the poisoned chalice - & its not the story MacBeth, but physically, next door ...

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

This is one of the most fascinating flowers I have come across. A beautiful bloom, with an awesome aspect; with no caution needed at first sight.

The green parts of the plant are highly toxic (hallucinogenic / delirient in small doses), due to tropane alkaloid content, and have caused deaths from anticholinergic poisoning, but the flesh of the ripe fruit ( although not the unripe fruit or seeds ) is said to be edible. The fruits, which are globular and largely enclosed by the accrescent calyces, can reach a kilogram in weight and have a taste described as apple-like or melon-like.

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