Family:
Euphorbiaceae
Scientific Name:
Manihot esculenta
Toxins:
linamarin cyanogenic glycosides
Flower Color:
Found:
crops, ornamental

Geographical Distribution

Cassava distribution - United States

Cassava

Manihot esculenta

Bitter cassava, tapioca, manioc, yuca, Brazilian arrowroot
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Cassava (Manihot esculenta) is a broadleaf evergreen native to South America, but now grown in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide for it's roots. The cassava plant leaves and roots contains two types of cyanogenic glycosides, and hydrocyanic acid, which is usually removed during harvesting for commercial purposes. This plant can potentially cause cyanide poisoning in poultry.

Symptoms

  • Difficulty breathing
  • ataxia
  • death