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fly poi·son

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  1. fly poison, Amianthum muscaetoxicum, Amianthum muscitoxicumnoun

    all parts of plant are highly toxic; bulb pounded and used as a fly poison; sometimes placed in subfamily Melanthiaceae


  1. fly poison

    Amianthium is a North American genus of perennial plants growing from bulbs. It contains the single known species Amianthium muscitoxicum, known in English as fly poison from a literal translation of the Latin epithet muscitoxicum, and is noted for its pretty flowers and its toxic alkaloid content. While all parts of the plant are poisonous, the bulb is particularly toxic. The scientific epithet was given to it by Thomas Walter when he published his Flora Caroliniana in 1788. The bulb was mixed with sugar by American colonists to kill flies.The toxic alkaloids present in the roots and leaves include jervine and amianthine. Amianthium is self-incompatible and is pollinated mostly by beetles. It is native to eastern North America, as far north as Pennsylvania, west roughly to the Appalachian Mountains (with an additional area in the Ozarks), and south to northern Florida and eastern Louisiana.Within the family Melanthiaceae, Amianthium is a member of the tribe Melanthieae. Molecular phylogenetic studies in the 21st century have resulted in some changes to placements within this tribe. A. muscitoxicum has sometimes been placed in the genus Zigadenus (as Z. muscitoxicus); however its position as a separate genus is consistent with currently available information. (See also Phylogeny of Melanthieae.) Amianthium species which have been placed in other genera include: Amianthium angustifolium A.Gray now called Stenanthium densum (Desr.) Zomlefer & Judd Amianthium aspericaule A.Gray) now called Triantha glutinosa (Michx.) Baker Amianthium leimanthoides A.Gray) now called Stenanthium densum (Desr.) Zomlefer & Judd Amianthium nuttallii A.Gray now called Toxicoscordion nuttallii (A.Gray) Rydb. Amianthium texanum (Bush) R.R.Gates now called Stenanthium densum (Desr.) Zomlefer & Judd


  1. fly poison

    Fly poison is a common name for toxic substances that are used to kill flies. It can come in various forms like sprays, baits, powders, or traps. The key ingredient in most fly poison is an insecticide that instantly kills or incapacitates the flies upon contact or ingestion. The use of this substance should be handled with care due to its toxicity. Fly poison is also a name for a rare, poisonous plant native to North America, specifically Amianthium muscitoxicum.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fly poison in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fly poison in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5


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