White Baneberry (Actaea pachypoda)

Morgan Arboretum

Not something to be added to your daily fruit requirement but otherwise to be enouraged as our birds are well served by its presence … the following is lifted from Wikipedia:  “Baneberry contains cardiogenic toxins that can have an immediate sedative effect on human cardiac muscle. The berries are the most poisonous part of the plant (hence the name baneberry). Ingestion of the berries can lead to cardiac arrest and death.The berries are harmless to birds, the plant’s primary seed disperser. Actaea species are closely related to plants in the genus Aconitum, a highly toxic plant genus which contains wolfbane and several varieties of monkshood”

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