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- Baneberry is an erect plant with thick root stalks. Fruiting stalks have red or white berries.
- Geographic range
- Found in most of North America, excluding the desert southwest. Thrives in moist woodland soils.
- Toxic principle
- is unconfirmed. Actaea contains berberin in addition to other unidentified compounds.
- Foliage and fruit are moderately toxic
- Clinical signs
- Digestive disturbances including vomiting, diarrhea, and colic. Neurologic signs of weakness and seizures. Cardiac signs.
- Edema of the intestinal serosa, congestion of abdominal viscera. Splotchy hemorrhages in intestinal and endocardial serosa.
- Symptomatic treatment to relieve irritant effects on the digestive tract and any additional effects on the nervous system and heart.
Read more in the Poisonous Plants of Pennsylvania Publication