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Gympie Gympie: Most Dangerous Plant in the World? one touch of a Gympie plant sting will result in 9 months of throbbing pain

Gympie Gympie: Most Dangerous Plant in the World
Gympie Gympie: Most Dangerous Plant in the World? one touch of a Gympie plant sting will result in 9 months of throbbing pain
The world’s most dangerous plant

Dendrocnide moroides, also known as the Gympie-gympie plant, grows in Australia’s north-east rainforests. When dealing with nature, you must take extra care; as mentioned in the above note, one touch of a gympie plant sting will result in nine months of throbbing pain. That’s the main reason why the Gympie plant considers as the most dangerous plant in the world.

Gympie Gympie: Most Dangerous Plant in the World? one touch of a Gympie plant sting will result in 9 months of throbbing pain
Gympie Gympie: Most Dangerous Plant in the World
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The name “suicide plant” was given to it because it is the most poisonous species of Australian stinger ever discovered. It has stinging hairs that cover the whole plant and emit a powerful neurotoxin when struck. This causes whitening and swelling, as well as soreness, at the sting location.

Gympie Gympie: Most Dangerous Plant in the World? one touch of a Gympie plant sting will result in 9 months of throbbing pain
Gympie Gympie: Most Dangerous Plant in the World
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People have mentioned the sting as feeling like they are being attacked by acid, electrified, or squeezed by huge hands, and it can last for months. Many individuals have experienced pain flare-ups for years after being stung, and there are even reports of horses, furious by the pain, jumping from hills to their deaths.

Gympie Gympie: Most Dangerous Plant in the World? one touch of a Gympie plant sting will result in 9 months of throbbing pain
Electron microscopic image of the sting hairs.
Credit: Marina Hurley.

The fruit of the Gympie plant, on the other hand, is edible if the stinging fur that covers it is removed. No one is going to risk their lives by eating an edible fruit, am I right?

Gympie Gympie: Most Dangerous Plant in the World? one touch of a Gympie plant sting will result in 9 months of throbbing pain
Gympie plant fruit / Danielle Outram

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