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A member of the Solanacae (nightshade) family, so related to the potato and tomato.

They have large leaves, and produce pale-blue flowers and globose berries - sometimes known as "Devil"s Apples".

The plant contains an alkaloid similar to belladonna and can produce delirium.

In Ancient Rome, Pliny states that the root (which has a humanoid shape) was given to patients to chew as an anaesthetic.

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