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Fig. 3: Pathology of livestock feeding on nightshades (Solanaceae) in the pasture.
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Pony's aortic wall near heart showing mineralized hardening after feeding on Cestrum diurnum. Aorta fibers with fine peripheral calcinos and a diffuse central severe calcinosis in Aberdeen Angus bull in Florida feeding on C. diurnum.
Radiograph of midsagittal section of humerus near longer leg bone, with considerable osteopetrosis in a horse feeding on C. diurnum in Florida. Microscopic section of aorta near heart of cow in Argentina feeding on Solanum malacoxylon (same genus as potato and eggplant), showing a calcium phosphate deposit protruding into the blood vessel lumen.





Figures A,B, and C courtesy of Lennart Krook, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, New York;
Figure D courtesy of George K. Davis, Animal Nutrition, University of Florida, Gainesville.