The Poinciana is poisonous for both cats and dogs.
Typical symptoms include diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, excessive drooling, incoordination, intense burning and irritation of mouth, tongue and lips, pawing at the mouth, vomiting.
Poinciana is a shrub in the legume family and commonly known as bird of paradise. It grows to 1- 4 m tall, depending on rainfall. The leaves are bipinnate, 1015 cm long, bearing 3-10 pairs of pinnae, each with 6-10 pairs of leaflets 5-6 mm long and 2-4 mm broad. The flowers are borne in racemes up to 20 cm long and each flower with five yellow petals with 10 long conspicuous red stamens. The pods are densely covered in short, red glandular hairs.
The scientific name for this plant is Caesalpinia gilliessi. Additional names for this plant include Barbados Pride, Bird Of Paradise, Dwarf Poinciana, Flamboyant-De-Jardin, Flos Pavonis, Mexican Bird Of Paradise, Peacock Flower, Pride Of Barbados, and Red Bird Of Paradise.
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