All You Need To Know About Australia’s Stinging Trees

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Australia’s stinging trees, Dendrocnide moroides, has been known to cause nightmarish encounters, injecting a toxin into people when touched.

australia stinging tree, dendrocnide moroides

Here is all you need to know about the stinging tree:

They are found in the rain forest of eastern Australia;

The tree can grow up to 100 feet;

The sting from the trees last up to a number of days;

The trees’ toxins target a molecule, found on nerve cells, that is important to mammalian pain;

The minute pain causing molecules of the plant also called gympietides, bear a remarkable resemblance to toxins made by venomous spiders and cone snails, which use the chemicals to incapacitate their hapless prey;

The plant looks deceptively soft and furry, making you want to touch it.

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