Is Bird of Paradise Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

Bird of Paradise

The Bird of Paradise is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include dehydration, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, drooling, incoordination, irritation of mouth, tongue and lips, muscle tremors, oral irritation and vomiting.

Bird of Paradise is an ornamental plant native to South America. it is not related to the bird of paradise genus Strelitzia. It belongs to the legume family that grows 1–4 m tall. Each flower with five yellow petals with 10 long red stamens. Bird of Paradise is used for curing fever,cough and sores.

The scientific name for this plant is Caesalpinia gilliesii. Additional name for this plant include Barbados Pride, Dwarf Poinciana, Flamboyant-De-Jardin, Flos Pavonis, Mexican Bird Of Paradise, Peacock Flower, Poinciana, Pride Of Barbados and Red Bird Of Paradise.

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