Did you know that Monstera deliciosa leaves can be fatal to the plants? This pesky foe was actually discovered back in 1848 by German botanist Wilhelm von Toeblick and was quickly eradicated using sword blades to cut off the distinctive leaves. Turns out, there is an explanation for the fact that this plant, once thought to be harmless, was actually found to be very toxic to humans.
As he did in almost every case of discovery of foreign plants, von Toeblick first identified the new species and then presumed it harmless, as trees are harmless. However, it was later discovered that he was wrong, and indeed, the plant contains senninaceans. For those who didn’t know, senninaceans are harmful to humans, and it is therefore, beyond belief, that so many are still using this dangerous plant in every meal.
According to Science Daily, “According to the most recent data from U.S. Geological Survey Natural Products and Animal Feed Alert, Monstera deliciosa, which commonly referred to as ‘Corn Blossoms,’ was consumed by around 1.28 million Americans per year between 2007 and 2010.”
Monstera deliciosa seeds are about the size of a grain of salt, and you might want to think twice about putting them down your palm. Not only can they contain senninaceans, but also, you will find a toxic compound called polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) that occur in untreated diesel exhaust and even some forms of smoke emitted from the meat industry, as well as human emissions. Therefore, don’t play with any stinky seeds from your own garden.
Another leafy plant that has the potential to make you sick is the prostrate borsigiana vine, also known as Versrae. Possessing phytotoxic potential in as low a dose as 12 grams, the plant is the most deadly prostrate vine known to science. The low-dose potential (18 grams) of four different pathogens found in this genus of plant could lead to infection.
Furthermore, the phytotoxic effects of the prostrate borsigiana have been noted in people who have a history of chronic kidney problems, if the plant is directly ingested or in soil that has been contaminated with animal manure, as well as in people with breathing difficulties. As the plant has been well studied and researched, there is hope of finding a treatment to replace or reduce the adverse effects of the plant.