Cerbera odollam, is a tree that grows in the swamp and marshy areas of India and southern Asia. Going by the common name “Pong-pong”. J Forensic Leg Med. Aug; doi: / Epub May 9. Cerbera odollam toxicity: A review. Menezes RG(1), Usman. J Ethnopharmacol. Dec;95() Cerbera odollam: a ‘suicide tree’ and cause of death in the state of Kerala, India. Gaillard Y(1), Krishnamoorthy A, .

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Cerbera odollam toxicity: A review.

It has a rounded crown with leaves that are simple, elliptical and spirally arranged. Cerbera odollam Leaves, flowers and seeds of C. Your first email will arrive shortly.

Read it again it help save her life. If this is true for digitoxin, I wonder if it is true across the entire class of cardiac glycosides.

The Toxin in “The Suicide Tree” Has Been Called the Perfect Murder Weapon

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! By now you know not to be fooled by nature’s beauty, right? Retrieved from ” cerhera The increase of calcium leads to an increase in heart contractility inotropy 1, for a review.


Native, Naturalised and Cultivated Species. The bark is greyish and rough.

On exposure to air, the white kernel turns violet, then dark grey, and ultimately brown, or black. Ingesting a seed will kill a person in just a few hours, but first, it’ll cause crippling stomach pain, diarrhea, irregular heart rhythm, vomiting, and a headache.

General Biology This tree is common on seashores and mangroves but have also been orollam in many parts of the island.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In Burma, the seed oil is mixed with other oils to be used as insect repellent or insecticides. Her serum potassium and calcium levels were high, 7. The most popular use though is suicide, most likely because it is widely available and its lethality well know.

The Cerbera odollam is a medium-sized hardwood tree, endemic to India and southeast Asia, that can grow up to 32 feet 10 meters tall.

Do they look similar? Singapore University Press, Singapore. But we do have the internet, and the ability odlllam order damned near anything online, and that is precisely what one year old Maryland woman did. Leaves, flowers and seeds of C.

And in addition to all the cardiac effects, cerberin also induces nasuea and vomitting. Six degrees of separation going on here.

It’s not like this tree is trying to kill you, but it can. The seed of this plant is poisonous and have been used in the Phillippines to stupefy fish. Flowers are white with a yellow center and grow in clusters. This page was last edited on 11 Decemberat He was not a professor — just a clever toxic steroid chemist trying everything to get ahead.


Prassas, Ioannis, and Eleftherios P. According to a decade-long study published in in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, this tree kills especially large numbers of people in Indian communities.

Notify me of new posts via email. Cerbera odollam Gaertner Kingdom: Plants that heal, thrill and kill. That is, if they’ve even heard of the toxin in the first place. Written by Joanie Faletto February 13, Dr M Goes Wild. An illustrated dictionary of Chinese medicinal herbs. They sit inside an edible fruit, after all.

Read more about the Apocynaceae family. In fact, toxicologists won’t perform the test unless there’s already strong evidence that the victim consumed Cerbera recently.