Flame Lily

I ran across this mysterious plant while jogging the other day.  There are some strange characteristics about this plant including, swept back flower peddles, flower pistals that stick out at a 90 degree angle, and the leaves act like vines, twirling around other things as the plant climbs.  After picking this flower and putting it in a vase in our dining room, our worker, Elisheba told me that “If you knew the name of that flower, you would not have it in your house!”  I asked her what it was called and she said, “The Devil’s Flower” (that is a translation of the Kikuyu words which I cannot recall).  The common name is the Flame Lily and it turns out to be quite common in Africa, but according to material I found on the internet, all parts of this plant are very toxic to humans, and it has been used to commit suicide and murder, a lethal dose being only 6mg / kg.  However, in very small quantity, it can be used to kill intestinal worms and cure gout.  The main toxin that this plant produces is colchicine which is actually used in gout medications.

You can see why they call this a Flame Lily!!!

You can see why they call this a Flame Lily!!!

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