Brunfelsia grandiflora is grown in South America because it is a decorative plant. It’s quite a pretty little shrub, reaching about 3 meters tall, with its clusters of white and varying shades of purple flowers. Beware, however, for every part of this beauty is poisonous. While that may sound terrible, the toxins are helpful. B. grandiflora is actually used to make medicine. Its root is used against rheumatism, syphilis, snake bites and reduces fevers. In the Peruvian Amazon, the brew made from boiling the leaves is supposed to combat arthritis and rheumatism. The main active alkaloid is Scopoletin, which helps regulate blood pressure. The chemicals of B. grandiflora are also used for birth control as an abortant. For another pregnancy controlling plant, check out Rhizopus stolonifer.


Leishmaniasis is a disease in tropical regions that is transmitted by the bite of a sandfly. It comes in two forms. The first form is Cutaneous leishmaniasis. It causes disfigurement in the area affected.  The second is Visceral leishmaniasis. This causes liver enlargement, which makes it less functionable, it destroys the immune system, and ultimately, this disease ends in death. But according to Fuchino, a cure may be found from the chemicals in B. grandiflora.


There are a number of medicinal uses for Kiss Me Quick, which makes it hard to remember that this plant is very toxic. In fact, the entire plant ranging from the seeds, roots, leaves, and flowers, is poisonous. This is the plants defense against predation, and it seems to be a pretty good one at that. Believe it or not, humans seem to ingest this plant more than anything else! To view another poisonous organism view the Pygmy Rattlesnake.


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