black nightshade


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black nightshade

n.
Any of several annual plants of the genus Solanum, especially the Eurasian species S. nigrum, widespread as a weed, which has clusters of white, star-shaped flowers and blackish berries that are poisonous when unripe.

black nightshade

solanumnigrum.
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Black Nightshade high transmission coefficient can be attributed to its root hairs and consequently to more root discharge.
A literature search revealed that the Rappanhannock Indians once used the leaves of the black nightshade to treat insomnia.
While Duchon's apparent reaction to the plant -- and the Hmong's apparent lack of a reaction -- remains unexplained, she advises against trying black nightshade as a spinach substitute or sleeping pill.
It turns out the Hmong aren't the only people to favor black nightshade at dinnertime.
At last year's Society of Ethnobiology meeting, Johns reported that the Luo eat black nightshade to combat gastrointestinal ills.