Family:
Euphorbiaceae
Scientific Name:
Euphorbia pulcherrima
Toxins:
diterpenoids phorbol ester
Flower Color:
Found:
ornamental, houseplants

Geographical Distribution

Poinsettia distribution - United States

Poinsettia

Euphorbia pulcherrima

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Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a deciduous shrub which is native to western Mexico. It is popular winter houseplant during the holidays. The latex of the plant is poisonous and contains complex diterpene esters (e.g., phorbol esters) and mitogenic lectins.

Symptoms

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • repetitive head-shaking
  • regurgitation
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea