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Last Update 08/28/10

Poisonous Plants of Florida

Common Name:  Selloum, Philodendron

Botanical Name:  Philodendron Selloum C. Koch

Family:  Araceae

Methods of Poisoning:  Ingestion of inflorescence, leaves, stems and roots. Contact with sap from plant, pollen from flowers.

Symptoms of Poisoning:  Severe stinging of mouth and lips if ingested.  Severe irritation of skin and eyes, breathing difficulty if watery sap or juice from the plant comes in contact with the skin or eyes.  The large, juicy stems bear a slight resemblance to celery and may be attractive to children.

Treatment:  Wash sap from affected areas with clean water.   If ingested, application of lime juice helps to easy the pain.  Seek professional help if irritation continues.


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