Scientific name: Duranta erecta
Origin: Tropical America
Medicinal use: It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical gardens around the world, and has become naturalized in many places. The leaves and berries of the plant are toxic, and have been confirmed to have killed children, dogs and cats. However, songbirds eat the fruit without ill effects. In the state of Hidalgo, cooking of the leaves is used to purify the blood.
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