Actaea pachypoda , Photo: Jennifer Anderson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Actaea pachypoda (Doll's-eyes, White Baneberry) is a flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae, native to eastern North America.
White baneberry prefers clay to coarse loamy upland soils, and are found in hardwood and mixed-forest stands.
The berries are highly poisonous, and the entire plant is considered poisonous to humans. First Nations peoples are reported to have drunk a tea made from the root of this plant after childbirth.
The berries contain cardiogenic toxins which can have an immediate sedative effect on human cardiac muscle tissue, and are the most poisonous part of the plant. Ingestion of the berries can lead to cardiac arrest and death. The berries are harmless to birds, the plant's primary seed dispersers.
* Flora of North America: Actaea pachypoda
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