The Gympie: Stinging Trees Make People Kill Themselves

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The leaves of the gympie plant in the dark. (Marina Hurley)

We're gonna say it: Plants are jerks. Considering that we need them to live, they don't even have the decency to taste good, and sometimes, they flat-out kill us. Some are simply poisonous, but others—like Dendrocnide moroides, A.K.A. the gympie, stinger, or suicide plants—take their sweet time in torturing us to death. Native to Australia, because of course it is, the sting of the gympie is so painful that British intelligence tried to research it to learn its ways. And yes, this excruciating yet sumptuous plant has racked up a body count.