Is Indian Apple Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

Indian Apple

The Indian Apple is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include coma, dermal – redness, diarrhea, drooling, lethargy, panting, skin ulcers, and vomiting.

In the past, several species were included in the genus, but all but one have been transferred to other genera (Dysosma and Sinopodophyllum). The one remaining species is Podophyllum peltatum, with common names mayapple, American mandrake, wild mandrake, and ground lemon. Podophyllum is an herbaceous perennial plant in the family Berberidaceae, described as a genus by Linnaeus in 1753. It is widespread across most of the eastern United States and southeastern Canada.

The scientific name for this plant is Podophyllum peltatum. Additional names for this plant include American Mandrake, Duck’s Foot, Ground Lemon, Hog Apple, Indian Apple Root, Mayapple, Raccoonberry, Umbrella Leaf, Wild Lemon, Wild Mandrake.

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