Logania (Loganiaceae) Family
Description: The strychnine tree is a medium-sized evergreen, reaching a height of about 12 meters (36 feet), with a thick, frequently crooked trunk. Its deeply veined oval leaves grow in alternate pairs. Small, loose clusters of greenish flowers appear at the ends of branches and are followed by fleshy, orange-red berries about 4 centimeters (1 1/2 inches) in diameter.
The berries contain the disklike seeds that yield the poisonous substance strychnine. All parts of the plant are poisonous.
Habitat and Distribution: A native of the tropics and subtropics of southeastern Asia and Australia.
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