DESFONTAINEA SPINOSA

DESFONTAINEA SPINOSA

FAMILY :: LOGANIACEAE
An Andean shrub to 3′ TALL with holly-like leaves and red and yellow tubular flowers. Used as an inebrient in Colombia, Chile and Ecuador.

GELSEMIUM SEMPERVIRENS

GELSEMIUM SEMPERVIRENS

FAMILY :: LOGANIACEAE
CAROLINA YELLOW JESSAMINE: A handsome vine with highly fragrant, beautiful and deadly (I love this contrast) 1″ bright yellow early spring flowers. Tender down to the mid 20ºs f. and grows best in part shade.

It’s a sedative (central nervous system depressant), nervine, or poison. I saw this plant listed in a Sunset Magazine article as “deer proof.” Actually, the deer love the leaves of this plant and avoid the flowers. The nectar is poisonous. An ornamental in California and the Southern USA.

STRYCHNOS NUX-VOMICA

STRYCHNOS NUX-VOMICA

FAMILY :: LOGANIACEAE
STRYCHNINE: A large tropical tree whose large, round, flat, silver seeds are the source of a very strong medicinal poison. When used in very small doses, strychnine is a stimulant and aphrodisiac. Used in moderate doses it is a psychedelic and when used in larger doses, it is a deadly poison.

An early symptom of strychnine poisoning is a rigid smile that is almost impossible to remove. Strychnine (commonly sold as a rat poison) was occasionally sold to the unwary in place of LSD during the time of hippies. It was rarely mixed with LSD, but was a substitute with vaguely similar effects. There is no truth to the widely held belief that the ‘hairs’ in the peyote cacti contain strychnine.