The Brazilwood 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.
Brazilwood is a shrub in which the exact origin is not yet unknown. They are believed to be native to the tropics and subtropics of the Americas or West Indies. They have characteristics of bipinnate leaves, yellow, orange and red petals, and fruit that is a pod. They belong in the pea family, Fabaceae.
The scientific name for this plant is Poinciana gilliesii. Additional name for this plant include Barbados Pride, Bird’s Tongue Flower, Bird of Paradise, Brazilwood, Crane Flower, Orange Strelitzia, Peacock Flower, Poinciana and Pride of Barbados.
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