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14 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

•    White baneberry has erect, multi-branched stem that can reach 1.5 to 2 feet in height and 3 feet in width.

•    White baneberry produces large, thrice divided leaves (composed of three leaflets) with toothed edges. Leaves are green colored and alternately arranged on the stem.

•    White baneberry develops small white flowers arranged in the form of dense, globular clusters (raceme) at the end of the branches, above the leaves. Flowers contain both types of reproductive organs (perfect flowers).

•    Fruits of white baneberry are white berries arranged on thick, red stalks. Fruit ripens during the summer and autumn and remains on the stem throughout the winter.

•    White baneberry propagates via seed and division of the root.

•    White baneberry is also known as "doll's eyes" because of its white berries with prominent black spot that looks like eyes of porcelain dolls.

•    All parts of white baneberry (especially berries and root) are poisonous (contain cardiogenic toxins) and they should be avoided.

     •           Typical signs of intoxication are nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, blisters in the mouth, burning sensation,    confusion and headache. 2 to 6 baneberries contain enough toxin to induce cardiac arrest in children if they accidently swallow them.