Aesculus glabra, Willd. Stinking Buckeye. Nat. Ord., Sapindacae.
1. Two of my pupils once attempted to prove the buckeye, but did not continue the experiments on account of the apparent gravity of the few symptoms which manifested themselves. It caused vertigo, with reeling like drunken men, with nausea with dimness of sight; fulness and heaviness of head; confusion of idea; “a confused stupor;” thickness of speech; loathing of food; cramp in tendency to contraction of legs; constipation. (HALE, New Remedies, 2nd end. sub voce.).
Poisoning of Animals
The general symptoms observed in cattle which have eaten of the fruit are distension of stomach the abdomen, realign and staggering, apparent loss of sight, falling, paralysis of hunger extremities. In one case of palsy from it there was wry-neck, with convulsion and fixed eyes, ending in death. The fruit is used to stupefy fish by the Indians. (Ibid.).