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16 November 2011 at 9:57 pm
Wow, what is that?
16 November 2011 at 10:00 pm
16 November 2011 at 10:04 pm
YAAH! *jumps three feet back* What IS that? No, seriously, what the holy hell IS that?
Glen Davidson says
16 November 2011 at 10:14 pm
Handy little multiple-marshmallow roasting stick.
16 November 2011 at 10:35 pm
For fuck sake, there is “Jesus loves you” ad below this picture half the size of the picture!
16 November 2011 at 11:02 pm
16 November 2011 at 11:32 pm
Hmm, it looked a little bit different in Schlock Mercenary but close enough.
16 November 2011 at 11:33 pm
17 November 2011 at 1:04 am
You’re lucky. It’s thinking at me.
17 November 2011 at 4:39 am
Wiki says it will give you a heart attack, if you eat it. Cardiogenic toxins, anyone?
Kevin Anthoney says
17 November 2011 at 4:48 am
I’m sure I saw that in one of Larry Moran’s Monday Molecule posts.
John Morales says
17 November 2011 at 5:14 am
17 November 2011 at 5:57 am
One of my favorites! I didn’t know about it until I moved to the northeast. It’s an easy one to identify even without the fruits. Common name in these parts: doll-eyes.
17 November 2011 at 6:36 am
Doll-eyes or baneberry.
It’s a native plant and yes, as the name “baneberry” suggests, it is toxic. It’s an understory plant of deciduous woodlands.
Or I should amend that to “toxic to mammals”. Many fruits/seeds/berries/nuts that are toxic to many mammals are not toxic (or as toxic) to birds – which are the preferred consumers of the fruit and dispersers of the seeds.
17 November 2011 at 7:40 am
Oh yeah? I HOPE its looking at me!
17 November 2011 at 8:15 am
It is looking at you … and me and those guys over there.
It is the poster plant for the totally paranoid !
Monado, FCD says
17 November 2011 at 10:08 am
It’s larger than life-size. I learn something new every day; I would have said false solomon’s seal or some such.
17 November 2011 at 10:42 am
Common name, “dolls’ eyes”. I’ve got a modest clump by my front walk where it gets little direct sun. Rather nice, sort-of-ferny foliage during the spring and summer before the berries put on their show.
Easy from seed. Sow in fall when the berries are ripe and leave the pot outside for the winter.
Due to its toxicity, not a plant for gardens infested by toddlers.
17 November 2011 at 11:07 am
One of the common names of Actaea pachypoda is “Doll’s Eyes.” The name is derived from the fact that the stigmatic region of the fruit is dark giving an overall appearance of a small eye. During the days of Settlement in North America the fruits were harvested and stitched onto children’s dolls, hence the name.
The macabre connection of this plant is less well known. Young children, being young children, put nearly everything in their mouths. Members of this genus contain cardiac toxins that can cause rapid death, especially in humans of low body weight. Thus the gift of doll to a child was often a kiss of death!
Big Boppa says
17 November 2011 at 11:33 am
I have one of these in my front yard in Chicago. It’s been coming up every year for 20 years or more. Never seen one anywhere else in the city and I’m kind of a wild flower enthusiast so I notice things like that.
17 November 2011 at 4:55 pm
John Morales FTW! That’s what it reminded me of too, one of those ubiquitous molecular diagrammes. I majored in EE, and was always a little bit in awe/angst regarding my pre-med brethern.
17 November 2011 at 8:25 pm
Clearly, evolution couldn’t create non-working eyes, so this MUST be proof of intelligent design. Scientifc progress goes boink!
Antiochus Epiphanes says
Ms. Daisy Cutter says
17 November 2011 at 9:17 pm
Hey, it’s a plant for The Residents!
18 November 2011 at 5:35 pm
It seems like Wilt (from Foster’s home for imaginary friends) to me n_n
18 November 2011 at 7:36 pm
Is Homeland Security genetically engineering plants?
Now you can’t even enjoy nature without being spied on.
19 November 2011 at 10:57 pm
Wow, it’s a SCORPION STARE bush-robot! We’ll be ready for CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN, you betcha!
(Yeah, I’ve been listening to a lot of Charles Stross audiobooks lately. Does it show?)