Saturday, 6 February 2010

Solanum dulcamara

 

Solanum dulcamara is a relative of our Common Nightshade.  Like that plant, Solanum dulcamara (also known as Woody Nightshade or Bittersweet) is also very poisonous to many living creatures!

S. dulcamara is a species of vine in the potato genus Solanum, family Solanaceae.  It is native to Europe and Asia and widely naturalized elsewhere, including North America, where it is considered an invasive problem weed.

As with other varieties of Nightshade, Bittersweet produces red berries which are poisonous to humans and livestock, but edible for birds.  Although rarely fatal to adult humans, there have been several documented cases of adults who died after eating those little red berries.

Bittersweet is used in naturopathy and herbalism.  Its main usage is for conditions that have an impact on the skin, mucous membrane and synovial membrane around the joints.  It is considered by some to be a herbal remedy for treating herpes and allergies.

As you can see below, I created one of the topographical images just to see how it looked.  I rather like it.  It contains the colours and shapes that seem to do reasonably well when made into a topographic image. 

  


For tonight's interesting photograph, I am posting the following:

  



This deer appears to be reading the POSTED sign very carefully in order to make certain that he and his mate are indeed in the right place!  Yes, the notice does include the statement "no hunting".  Now he will have to hope that the hunters will be able to read as well as he can!

My sympathies are with all my readers who live anywhere within the big snowstorm area.  As you may know, we continue to remain snow free here in Toronto.  Meanwhile, Newfoundland gets all the snow while poor British Columbia, near the Vancouver area, has almost spring-like conditions -- just six days before the start of the Winter Olympics!

May peace be with you all. 

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