In fact, the horse nettle is a relative of the domestic tomato plants, but it has a much higher concentration of toxic alkaloids and can make you very ill. The toxicity may depend upon the maturity of the plants, because more toxins are present in the fruits than in the leaves. In the case of horsenet- Nightshade Family (including Horse Nettle): The nightshade family (Solanum species) contains many toxic plants, including horse nettle, black nightshade, bittersweet nightshade, some species of groundcherry, and even tomatoes and potatoes. ... the horse chestnut, are rated as a moderately to highly toxic. Black nightshade, poison berry, yerba mora (Solanum nigrum). The plant affects the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract. Tox-icity is usually higher in late summer to fall than in the spring. Yes. d c Fruit & Flowers They all contain a glycoalkaloid called solanine in the leaves, shoots, and unripe (green) berries. The toxicity may depend upon the maturity of the plants, because more toxins are present in the fruits than in the leaves. Potential for Toxicity: Moderate. Toxic when dry? Nightshade Family: The nightshade family contains many toxic plants, including horse nettle, black nightshade, bittersweet nightshade, some species of groundcherry, and even tomatoes and potatoes. Well, horse nettle is a native plant. Red maple hybrids, such as silver and sugar maple, also have toxins. Horse nettle also produces a fruit that is about 1/2 inch in diameter; it is green with light green vertical bands until maturity, when it becomes yellow. Horse Nettle (Solanum carolinense) – Toxin(s) involved: Solanine. Toxins (gallic acid and others) destroy red blood cells. The problem is that horse nettle has … Common poison species. Tomatoes are closely-related to this genus and contain the same toxic agent. Perennial herb with prickles; leaves alternate and simple, lobed or coarsely toothed; flower white to purplish, 5-parted; fruit a yellow berry. There are so many different tomato varieties on the market today that it would be very easy to mistake horse nettle for a wild tomato, especially if the fruit has already been picked. Toxicity - extremely toxic (1.5-3 pounds cause toxicity) Poisonous part - wilted or dried leaves; Symptoms - breathing difficulties, jaundice, dark brown urine, death. Pasture Weed Fact Sheet W 264 . Nightshades contain glycoalkaloids, which are broken down in the body to sugars and alkaloids. Many common broadleaf herbicides will control horse nettle. Phonetic Spelling so-LAN-num kair-oh-lin-EN-say This plant has medium severity poison characteristics. Treatment: Symptomatic treatment. See below Description. 15-30 grams of leaves can be lethal. ... milkweed, nightshade, horse nettle and star of Bethlehem as weed species. 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