Spring toxin 2: Daffodils

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Apr 08, 2010
veterinary
 

Spring toxin 2: Daffodils
Daffodils contain lycorine, an alkaloid that triggers vomiting. Ingestion of the bulb, plant, or flower can cause severe vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and possibly even cardiac arrhythmias or respiratory depression. Similar to hyacinths, crystals found in the outer layer of the bulbs cause severe tissue irritation and secondary drooling. Daffodil ingestion may result in severe symptoms that require immediate treatment and supportive care.

 
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