Earlier this year the Franklin Park Conservatory here in Ohio had a plant exhibit featuring plants that fell into the categories listed above. The carnivorous specimens were only dangerous if you happened to be an insect or in the case of the Sheep-eating plant, a sheep. Now the vicious plants could do things to humans like cause hallucinations if ingested, irritate eyes and skin, jab you with spines or in a few cases like the hemlock and castor bean – kill you. Mother Nature is something else 😉
Peruvian Old Man Cactus, Pumpkin on a stick, Polka dot Begonia
The old man cactus; nice and fuzzy but with very sharp spines underneath. The pumpkin on a stick is actually related to tomatoes and eggplants. The begonia is spotty like this to camouflage itself from critters that may want to eat it.
Venus Fly Trap, Sheep eating plant, Sundew
We all know how Venus works but the Sheep eating plant uses it’s long spines to ensnare animals with thick fur which causes the poor creatures to starve and become fertilizer for the plant. The Sundew plants works somewhat like the Venus flytrap.
Devil’s Trumpet, Porcupine Tomato, Honey Locust
The Porcupine Tomato is obviously dangerous but every part of the plant is poisonous if eaten. The Devil’s Trumpet has flowers but this one wasn’t blooming. It does contain substances that when ingested can cause hallucinations and death if taken in small doses. And the Honey Locust is just not a tree that will ever be hugged.