Pictured: Poinciana

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

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