How to identify poisonous berries in a forest

In coniferous and mixed forests on moist soil there is a crown-eye plant. Its fruit ripens in July—August, this berry is often mistaken for blueberries or blueberries. It looks like a voronium eye like this: on a straight stem 15-30 cm high four broad leaves arranged crisscrossed. In the center, one blue-black berry, having an unpleasant smell, poisonous not only the fruit, but also the leaves, the roots of the plant.

It is very common such plant as wolfberry or lyko (this is the name of the common honeysuckle fruit), they mature also in the second half of summer. It grows in small bushes without forming thickets, always at a distance from each other. The berries are red coloured, oblong in shape, cling straight to the branch like buckthorn berries. Wolf skis fruits are not edible to humans, but they are eagerly eaten by birds.

On the banks of the rivers, in shady places there is a black pastel (black or green fruit) and a sweet-bitter paslin (fruit of red color). The stem is paslene recumbent or curly, the leaves are pointed spear, with an unpleasant smell. The paslene berries are ovate-shaped, succulent but bitter. They are widely used in folk medicine, despite their content of solanine venom. The

fruits of common flaunting or beladonna are also dangerous. It is a plant with a thick succulent stem, up to 2 meters tall, the upperparts pubescent and has a purple tinge. Beladonna berries are purple-black, juicy, shiny — it can be easily mixed with cherries.

It is not uncommon to find such a poisonous plant as a lily in shaded places. All parts of the plant are dangerous — large leaves, roots, stems, flowers, berries. The fruits are red-orange in color, growing several pieces on the stem.

There are many poisonous plants in forests, and everything is impossible to remember. Therefore, do not touch unfamiliar berries and teach children to be wary of them. If the poisoning happened — immediately rinse the victim’s stomach and send it to hospital.

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