andromedotoxin


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an·drom·e·do·tox·in

(an-drom'ĕ-dō-tok'sin),
A strongly emetic active principle obtained from several species of Andromeda and Rhododendron (family Ericaceae); it is a cardiac poison, first stimulating and then paralyzing the vagus; it also paralyzes the motor nerve ends in striated muscle.

andromedotoxin

the toxin found in members of the plant family Ericaceae, including azaleas, rhododendron. Ingestion by ruminants causes salivation, colic, vomiting, staggering, collapse, death. Called also grayanotoxin.
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In both episodes there is evidence of mental derangement, which Forbes suggests was caused by andromedotoxin, present in the flowers of the local rhododendron plant.