February 10, 2017


March Photo: Bernd Haynold

Revenge of the Nymph

February Daphne or Spurge Olive (Daphne mezereum). The spurge olive gets ist scientific name from the Greek nymph Daphne who tried to flee the philandering advances of an aroused god Apollon.

Sources for Poison Plant Plots

  • Barroso M.S. (2015)
    The Hellebore, the Plant beloved by the Greeks: the Reasons behind a Myth. Vesalius 21(2): 30-7.
  • Stevens, S. & Bannon, A. (2007)
    Book of Poisons. A Guide for Writers. Whodunit. Writer’s Digest Books, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • McInnis, P. (2011)
    Poisons. From Hemlock to Botox and the Killer Bean Calabar. Arcade Publishing, New York.
  • Mayor, A. (2003)
    Greek Fire, Poison Arrows and Scorpion Bombs. Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World. Overlook Duckworth. New York.
  • Eisendle, H. (2009)
    Tod & Flora. Jung und Jung Verlag, Wien. (German only)


www.vetpharm.uzh.ch/giftdb/ (Poison database of the University of Zurich Veterinary Toxicology Institute, German only!)

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Eva Waiblinger, MSc, PhD (Dr. sc. nat.), is a Swiss zoologist and science journalist as well as a member of the Swiss National Ethics Committee for Animal Experiments. She currently works as a Math and Biology teacher at a vocational school. Before that, she has been head of the companion animal welfare department of Swiss Animal Protection SAP for 12 years. She currently writes a biomedical thriller. The remainder of her leisure time is taken up by Goju Ryu karate and the all-female vocal ensemble Qtet she founded.