Strychnos nux-vomica is a medium-sized tree with a short thick trunk. The wood is dense, hard white, and close-grained. The branches are irregular and are covered with a smooth ashen bark. The young shoots are a deep green colour with a shiny coat. The leaves have an opposite arrangement, short stalked, are oval shaped, also have a shiny coat and are smooth on both sides. It is a major source of the highly poisonous alkaloids strychnine and brucine, derived from the seeds inside the tree's round, green to orange fruit.
Growing from seeds:
Let seeds soak with hot water (not cooking) for about 6 hours. The water has to be changed once per hour into new hot water, afterwards let them soak again for about 12 hours in fresh water at room temperature. Then sow about 1cm deep, keep moist and warm. Germination starts within 1-2 months
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