Curare is a common name for various plant extract alkaloid arrow poisons originating from Central and South America. It is a rare type of poison, it is also used as Floyd Lawton's signature poison.
Curare is a potent and lethal poison. Floyd Lawton laces his bullets with curare to explosively increase their killing capabilities, only requiring contact with the victim's blood stream to kill them, regardless of whether it was a simple graze or not. The time it takes to affect the target varies greatly depending on where the target was hit. When Oliver had one bullet graze his shoulder, he didn't feel the effects of the poison for a significant amount of time. Whereas Malcolm Merlyn was affected almost instantly when two bullets grazed his chest.
Curare is noticeably stronger than pit viper venom as the Lian Yu herbs healed Sara from pit viper venom almost instantly whereas Oliver took hours to recover from them after taking the herbs.
Like any type of poison, curare can be counteracted to a degree with a blood transfusion, thus diluting the poison and weakening its effects. This buys the victim enough time for medical treatment to clean the poison from their system.
Behind the scenes
- In real life, curare is a common name given to a number of plant extracts that was used as a paralysing agent by various South American tribes for hunting. It's toxicity is dependant on the preparation method but was usually kept at low levels so as not to contaminate the food.