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17 plants that could kill you

By: Bryan Nelson on April 6, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
Melia azedarach, also known as Persian lilac, chinaberry and umbrella tree

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Melia azedarach

In Australia, it's known as white cedar. But this deciduous tree in the mahogany family is also known as a chinaberry tree, the Pride of India, an umbrella tree and the Persian lilac. Its fruits contain a mixture of poisons, including neurotoxins, which can harm humans (as few as 6 to 8 berries can kill a person). Birds, however, can tolerate them, so they eat the fruit and spread the seeds.

The flowers on the tree, which is native to Australia and Southeast Asia, are small with light purple and white petals of five, and they often grow in clusters. The fruits are small, spherical and yellow.