Common name: Wintersweet, Bushman’s poison

Scientific name: Acokanthera oblongifolia

Hazard associated: All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.

Notes: Acokanthera_oblongifolia fruits

  • Children may be attracted to this plant as the fruit may be mistaken for olives.
  • The leaves of Acokanthera oblongifolia have been mistaken for bay leaves.
  • Used as a screening plant in landscaping.
  • The spa of the plant is milky and may cause skin and eye irritation.
  • Used by South African bushmen to poison arrow tips for hunting.

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