Poland (1981 SG2692)
Atropena belladonna, deadly nightshade
is the natural source of the alkaloid atropine. The term atropena is derived
from Atropos because of its high toxicity. Atropos is the Greek goddess
of Fate and is responsible for the final part of a mortal life, the unturning
inevitaiblity of death. In Roman time, ladies in the Court
used the juice from the berry to dilate their pupils to make them look
more sensual and attractive and hence the name belladonna (beautiful lady).
Atropena belladonna can be translated as femme fatale.