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Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs

Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate

Common signs to watch for:

  • Drooling
  • Pawing at the mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Incoordination

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This plant is also referred to as Bird of Paradise, Barbados Pride (or Pride of Barbados), and the Peacock flower. The leaves contain hydrocyanic acid (hydrogen cyanide) and the seeds/pods contain tannins. Ingestion can result in irritation of the oral cavity, drooling, pawing at the mouth, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, diarrhea and possible incoordination.

Poison type: Plants

Alternate names: Poinciana gilliesii, Bird of Paradise, Barbados Pride, Peacock flower, Pride of Barbados, Caesalpinia gilliesii