Top 12 World's Most Painful Botanical Encounters

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Plants are the major source of the foods that we consume every day. Plants are the major source of many products that we use. In short, plants are very beneficial and important to us but not all plants are good for us. Some plant species, although they ar

These are not the deadliest plants on the planet but an encounter with any of these plants on the list will surely cause you severe and extreme pain.

1. Jumping Cholla

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One species of plant that can inflict severe pain to us is the Jumping Cholla, Removal of the the spine of Jumping Cholla  is extremely painful.

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Its binomial name is Cylindropuntia fulgida and is also commonly called Hanging Chain Cholla. it is a cactus endemic to Mexico and the United States.

2.Mala Mujer

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the binomial of Mala Mujer is Cuidoscolus angustidens. it belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family.  Cnidoscolus means nettle and thorn. The thorn or prickle of this plant can cause severe pain.

3. Branched Noseburn

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The binomial name of Branched Noseburn is Tragia ramose. It is endemic to Mexico and the United States. It is covered with long and rough stinging hairs or irritating bristles that induces physical irritation.  

4. Stinging Nettle

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The plant’s leaves and stems are covered with stinging hairs that produce a stinging sensation when contacted by humans and other animals.

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The binomial name of Stinging Nettle is  Urtica dioica. it is also commonly called Common Nettle. it can be found in 4 continents – Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Washing with water and lemon juice are effective treatment when stung b y Stinging Nettle.

5. Ongaonga

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Ongaonga or Urtica ferox is a nettle that can be found in New Zealand. It is also sometimes known as Tree Nettle and is distinctively known for its unusually large stinging spines. Beware of this plant because even the lightest touch can result in a painful sting that lasts several days.

6. Fever Nettle

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Fever Nettle has stinging hairson its stems, branches and leaves like many other nettle plants that cause severe pain. Its binomial name is Dendrocnide sinuate and is also commonly called Elephant Nettle. This poisonous plant can be found in Asia.

7. Australian Bush Nettle

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This plant is known to the Ilocanos of the Philippines as “ Lupa”. Its binomial name is Dendrocnide moroides and is also commonly known for several common names such as Stinger, Monlighter and Gympie. This plant which is best known for its stinging hairs is endemic to the Philippines, Australia, India and Indonesia. Moonlighter is the most virulent species of stinging tree. The sting causes a painful stinging sensation which can last for days or even months and is known to be potent enough to kill humans.

Lupao, a town in Nueva Ecija, Philippines was named after the local name of this plants -Lupa. 

8. Devil’s Club

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As the name of Devil's Club implies, this plant can cause severe pain and discomfort to humans. The binomial name of this pain to the ass plant species is Oplopanax horridus. This large shrub is endemic the United States. Its leaves and stems are covered with brittle spines. It is also commonly known as Devil’s Walking Stick.

9. Western Poison Oak

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The sap of Toxicodendron diversilobum, which is commonly known as Western Poison Oak, is very harmful to humans. It can be found on the Pacific Coast of the United States. This plant is notable for  its ability to cause allergic rashes after contact. The sap causes severe itching, inflammation, bumps, and blistering. It is also commonly known as Pacific Poison Oak.

10. Poison Ivy

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An encounter with the Poison Ivy or Toxicodendron radicans is an unforgettable one. Contact with the sap of this poisonous plant can cause severe itchiness and painful rashes. More than 350,000 people are affected by this plant species annually in the United States.

11. Poison Sumac

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The binomial name of Poison Sumac is Vernix vernix. The toxic it contains can skin and mucous membrane irritation and dermatitis to humans. It is much more virulent than Poison Oak and Poison Ivy. Inhalation of the smoke of burned Poison Sumac can cause extreme pain. This plant is the most toxic in the US.

12. Atlantic Poison-Oak

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The plant species commonly called Atlantic Poison Oak with the binomial name of Toxicodendron pubescens is another toxic plant you must be beware of. It can be found in the At5lantic Coast of the United States. All parts of the plants are toxic. The urushiol it contains can cause severe dermatitis.  

See also

12 Weirdest and Unusual Plants in the Planet

Beautifully Unique Plants Endemic to the Philippines


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